Some Thoughts on the ESSA Act

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 make […]

Welcome to the 4th Grade by Dwayne Reed

Now, here’s one very dedicated student teacher!  Nice job, Mr. Reed! [embedyt][/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. […]

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? […]