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, August 28, 2013

Welcome Back to School!

A fabulous inspiring video to kick off the year!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Celebrating Diversity

Have you signed up for my e-newsletter?  The new one on Celebrating Diversity is out now!  Sign up or click on the right side of the website.  

Monday, August 19, 2013

Best Sites for New Teachers

Just in time for the new school year, here's Larry Ferlazzo's best sites for new teachers.  By the way, Larry's blog is one to bookmark--he has great resources throughout the year!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Universal Design for Learning

With my newest book, Rigor for Students with Special Needs, I've been doing research on the Common Core State Standards and how they relate to students with disabilities (the language used in the standards).  One of the recommendations is to use Universal Design for Learning with students with special needs.  Is that new to you?  If so, check out this one page overview!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Ten Tips to Create Momentum for the New School Year

Here's a GREAT article about creating momentum in your life.  I love it because it's applicable to schools.  For example:

Create your picture of success and make it a reality. It’s true – if you can’t see your vision of success, you’ll never get there. So what does success look like for you day to day? How do you want to spend your time? How do you want to define success for yourself this year. Write your vision down and post it somewhere you will see it everyday.

Think about it.  How do you want to define success for you AND your students this year?  Although test scores may be a part of that, what else will make it a successful year?  Perhaps your students becoming independent learners?  Problem-solvers?  Dream big!

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