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.

Here Are The First Five Reasons Why I Love Sensei Steve’s Class

Thanks, Jason Novack, for the image.

Before you start reading about the topic of this post, I want to mention that all the classes at  are taught by well-trained, committed teachers who care about their students.  I wanted to focus on one class in particular, but that is no reflection on the other classes whatsoever. Sensei Steve Turoscy, Jr. is a fighter.  I don’tRead more

We Owe Our Children Everything

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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.*

Protecting Trump Costs NYC a Million a Day

According to this article from CNN Money, it’s costing New York City more than $1,000,000 a day to have President-Elect Trump and his family stay in Trump Tower.  So, let’s get real and compare using that money for three people versus hundreds or thousands. Edited with BlogPad Pro Related articles New York City Will SpendRead more

It’s National Novel Writing Month! Your novel is waiting to be written. What are you waiting for?

Hello, everyone!  I published this post originally on November 12, 2014, and it is still relevant today, so I am posting it again.   – Heather, 11/8/16 During National Novel Writing Month, millions of words are arranged and re-arranged to form novels of many genres.  People fire up their device of choice, sharpen their pencils,Read more

Unity Day 2016

Today is Unity Day, and it seems such a shame that we even need to have such a day.  As someone who has been bullied on and off for her entire life, I am grateful that an organization is challenging our culture.  People are taking this seriously now, which is a welcome change from theRead more