Text Structures and Signals in Infographic Form

Creating Infographics with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Finally Canva The image below is a novice’s attempt at creating an infographic.  It took over a week to conclude that trying to create this monster with Illustrator or Photoshop was an exercise in futility.  Canva became the tool of choice once all hopes of making something […]

27 Minutes: One Teacher’s Vision for a Standards-Based Classroom

In this presentation, you will learn more about my vision for a standards-based classroom: what it would look like, how it would be run, and how students’ progress would be recorded and reported. [grassblade] This is the final presentation in a series of three.  As an aside, I will never use Adobe Presenter for presentations […]

Learn More about Standards in 11 Minutes, 15 Seconds

During this module, we will investigate standards in more detail.  Specifically, we will review: How standards are organized (subject area, strand / standard area, standard) The difference between learning objectives and standards The process used to unpack standards and create learning targets that students, parents, and the community can understand Just a little bit about […]

A 20 Minute Introduction to Standards-Based Education

Standards-based education is a complicated departure from traditional education strategies. For many educators, it creates cognitive dissonance, a discomfort one feels when trying to adopt a new view that is dramatically different from the one they have held. By adopting this method of instruction and grading, educators are putting traditional instructional and grading practices aside in favor of teaching to standards and grading progress toward mastery. This can be quite distressing. Additionally, everything needs to change related to teaching and learning in the classroom: curriculum, classroom procedures, and assessment – just to name a few.

We Owe Our Children Everything

Children do not ask to be born. We make a choice. From then on, till death do us part, we are forever in their debt. Someday, they will be in debt to their own children. If we have done our job right, their children will feel as loved, cared for, respected, challenged, and important as we tried to help our children feel. If we have taught them well, and they have learned well, we can all truly be the positive change we want to see in the world, working with one precious child at a time.*