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

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’t mean that he is simply an excellent martial artist and an...

How Standards Can Help Teachers Communicate with Parents and Guardians

Update: I intended, but didn't, include guardians in the list of those who are stakeholders in a child's education.  I apologize to the many wonderful people who care for children and hold titles other than parent, such as "Grandparent," "Aunt," "Uncle," "Sister," "Brother," or "Foster Parent."  Please know that I recognize the incredible contribution you make to children's lives and regret...

Thoughts on Standards-Based Grading

In the interest of full disclosure, I work for a company that develops, markets, and sells software to K-12 institutions, but the opinions expressed in this post are my own and the company is not responsible for them. The software includes an SIS (Student Information System), a performance management system, a special education system, and finance software. In the SIS, we have a standards-based...

Teach Them How to Fish

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. - Chinese Proverb The other day, during an internal training session, the question arose, "How can we ensure that students are learning all they are supposed to know when there is not enough time in the school year to teach them everything?"  Then, someone asked, "Should school be year-round?"  My...