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).

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Text Complexity and the Common Core State Standards

Providing Student Support with the Common Core & Text Complexity - mathiaswilsonAre you working with the Common Core State Standards?  One of the key issues is text complexity.  Here are two short articles I wrote you may find valuable:

The Common Core Standards and Text Complexity

Providing Student Support with the Common Core Standards and Text Complexity

Monday, February 25, 2013

A great website for new teachers!

I've been reading Teacher Net for a couple of years. I've even done a live chat and written an article for them.  I've found they are a great site, especially for new teachers.  Filled with ideas, including a regular column by Rosemary and Harry Wong, there's something for everyone. I also like the message boards, as they seem to answer the most common questions teachers have.  Check it out. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

A Great Poem for Teachers

Need a bit of inspiration today?  Look no further. 


Their sincere kindness,
warm feelings, it brings.
They guide and protect us,
under their wings. 

For the remainder of the poem, click here!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

Student Engagement Tips

My favorite five tips on raising student engagement in the classroom.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

I have always known I wanted to be a teacher.  My dad was a teacher and college professor, and my mom was a school secretary.  On this Valentine's Day, I wanted to thank all teachers who put their hearts and soul into their students knowing they may not be appreciated.  Thank you, and you make a difference. 

Webinar Recording on Rigor and the Common Core

Did you miss Tuesday's webinar with Eye on Education titled Rigor and the Common Core for Struggling Learners?  It is now archived and available for viewing--you just need to register. We had a great time--Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

Rigor and the Common Core Standards Webinars for Teachers and Leaders

Did you miss my webinar for the National Association of Secondary School Principals?  The title: Rigor and the Common Core State Standards-Just the Beginning.  It's geared toward principals and you can view it here.  

Tomorrow, I'll be doing a How to Tackle the Challenges of Rigor and the Common Core for teachers for Eye on Education.  It's free; just register here!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Rigor for Students with Special Needs

February's newsletter comes out this week--if you aren't receiving it, sign up with the link to the right.  This month, we're focusing on students with special needs.  What are some support strategies and some key points, especially about students who have a learning disability?  Look for it in your mailboxes this week!

Monday, February 4, 2013

The Common Core and Rigor-Just the Beginning

Coming up Wednesday afternoon--I'm doing a webinar for NASSP on the Common Core State Standards and Instructional Rigor--Just the Beginning--free registration and space is still available.  Hope to "see" you there!  If you can't attend, here's a white paper on the same topic. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Inspiring Teacher Posters

Blossom poster

I love this site!  Scroll down and you can download posters of quotes
(sample to your right)
about inspiring teachers.