Some Thoughts on the ESSA Act

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Diane Ravitch published a book in 2010 that every educator (teacher, administrator, and faculty support person) should read, called The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education.  In it, she speaks of the value of curriculum and standards, and the danger of using standardized tests to makeRead more

Welcome to the 4th Grade by Dwayne Reed

Now, here’s one very dedicated student teacher!  Nice job, Mr. Reed! [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBLcuGunRxU[/embedyt]

Shu Ha Ri: Lessons learned from Scrum and Martial Arts

I practice martial arts – not well, mind you, but with enthusiasm. I am also a teacher who devours books for breakfast. Because of my work with a software company, I am also interested in the software development process. Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff and J.J.Read more

Root Because Analysis: Curriculum Mapping

In industry, when something goes wrong, Quality Management personnel do a root cause analysis.  What if we were to start making products with a root because analysis?  I’m not referring to only industry when I ask this question; I am referring to all spaces, including education. Why do we use curriculum mapping software, for example?Read more