Nov 01

Rigorous Feedback

Rigor

Recently, I conducted a workshop for instructional coaches who wanted to learn more about how to promote and support rigorous instruction in their schools. I had about 150 K-12 instructional coaches at the training, and we started the day by looking at some classroom video footage. I asked the coaches to watch each five-minute slice […]

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Oct 25

Lesson Planning Shouldn’t Be Hard

Rigor

Don’t you just hate it when you go to a workshop and learn a new technique, return home all excited to try it, only to find out that it won’t work with your curriculum, or your teaching style, or your district process?Me too.That’s why I work so hard to make sure that every resource we […]

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Oct 25

Why Traditional Accountability Doesn’t Work

Leadership

Okay, here’s another embarrassing story about when I first became an administrator. I only ask that you remember how naïve I was back then and please be kind.When I was a new administrator and eager to make an impact on the teaching and learning at my school.  I thought that in order to exercise my […]

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Oct 18

Rigor Triggers Part II

Rigor

In my previous post, I shared my secret to planning interesting, engaging, meaningful learning experiences for my students that I can’t wait to teach.Oh yeah, They also helped cut my lesson planning time in half.I call them Rigor Triggers and in this article, I’m going to share with you what Rigor Triggers are and how […]

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Oct 11

Rigor Triggers

Rigor

Can I admit something to you?Years ago, in my early years of teaching, my district shifted to a more standards-based approach to lesson design.Whereas before, I would simply use those old blue planning books (remember those?) to map out my lessons, now I was required to use a lesson planning template and actually submit my […]

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Oct 02

How To Find Time To Get Into More Classrooms

Leadership

If you’re like me, finding time to get into classrooms is a real struggle.You’ve read all the time management tips and hacks out there…You’ve tried to “put the big rocks first” and block off time in your schedule…You’ve set ambitious goals such as “get into 5 classrooms per day…”And each day, something comes up that […]

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Sep 20

How To Help Struggling Students Catch Up And Keep Up Even If They Are Unmotivated, Don’t Do Homework, And Won’t Come In For Extra Help.

Struggling Students

One of the main reasons students struggle in school is that they do not do their work.Period.So what do you do with students who are unmotivated, won’t turn in their homework, won’t come in for extra support, and won’t access any of the supports you’ve put into place for them?This was my struggle about mid-way […]

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