Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels,
each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels,
and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Looking for resources on Bloom's Taxonomy?

Here's a great page from Cybrary Man about Bloom's Taxonomy.  I think it has a link to almost everything you could need! 

Friday, May 20, 2011

How much do we show? How much do students do?

"People learn more quickly by doing something or seeing something done." - Gilbert Highet

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Sound Muncher Intervention by Eli Johnson and Michelle Karns

You will LOVE the Sound Muncher Intervention!  Here's a preview:

The Sound Muncher intervention is for K-2 students who need extra attention developing their pronunciation of sounds in the English language. Young students absolutely love this strategy that allows them to receive immediate feedback that recognizes their correct responses as they properly produce the 43 sounds in the English language.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Have you ever made a mistake?

"Learning is never done without errors and defeat." - Vladimir Lenin

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Change is Good—You Go First! By Jeff Zoul

Jeff Zoul always gives such great tips for leaders.  This column on change is a "don't miss!"

Friday, May 6, 2011

Inspiring Students

" A teacher who is attempting to teach, without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn, is hammering on a cold iron." - Horace Mann (1796-1859)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Week

It is Teacher Appreciation Week and I wish every local newspaper would run this column. It's a terrific column worth reading. http://bit.ly/lWFSHc. Meanwhile, here is my letter to ALL teachers and leaders.

Thank you for what you do. I know teaching is particularly hard right now, but know you make a difference everyday. Thank you for smiling at the student who never sees a smile. Thank you for giving a pencil to the student who doesn't have one. Thank you for taking a few extra minutes to help "that" student. Thank you for spending your own money to buy what is needed. Thank you for believing in the student everyone else has given up on. Thank you for having hope, even when things look hopeless. Most of all, thank you for being an educator, and for making a difference for students.