WHY TEXT-DEPENDENT ANALYSIS IS MORE IMPORTANT NOW THAN EVER

The explosion of media and technology…has made it all the more important that students master the core skills of gathering and evaluating evidence. Reading and writing with independence and confidence will remain master arts in the Information Age. (Vicki Phillips in Schmoker, 2011, p.93) Phillips’ quote resonates today because of the media explosion that occurs […]

Waxing Philosophical: The Purpose of Education

There are so many articles, blog posts, and books about the purpose of education that it might seem odd to see yet another one. However, this might be a good exercise for any teacher to try, if only to determine his or her own views on the subject. Reading about it, or listening to someone […]

How Assessment Was Born

Once upon a time, in a place long forgotten, the first teacher helped a willing and enthusiastic student learn something new.  As they proceeded on their educational journey, the student eventually demonstrated a deep and thorough understanding of the task, content, and concepts.  They paused along the road, and the teacher turned to the student. […]

Six Facets of Understanding and the All Souls Trilogy

I would like to thank Deborah Harkness, Jennifer Ikeda, Grant Wiggins, and Jay McTighe for making this post possible.  Without Harkness’ story, Ikeda’s brilliant narration of that story, and Wiggins’ and McTighe’s research on the facets of understanding, this post would not be possible.  If I have misconstrued or misunderstood any of their work, I […]

Just 1 Article from RE-ENVISIONED – The Movement to Re-imagine Schooling – Makes Me Want to Join

This weekend, an email from Library 2.0 came in with a link to a fascinating interview with Steve Hargadon.  Steve is the founder of Classroom 2.0 and co-chairs the event “Hack Education,” among many other activities. Here is a quote from the article that got me thinking… So, what does that mean for the future […]