5 Concerns for Inquiry-Based Instruction

For 14 years I reinvented my instructional wheel each summer to build student achievement.  I’ve used creative images and rhymes (anchors), interactive games (engagement), 3-Acts, Notice & Wonder, Front Loading, and constant review. However, I am not happy with just high scores on state exams. What I teach, too often, doesn’t stick in the long-term…regardless … More 5 Concerns for Inquiry-Based Instruction

Social-Emotional Compassion: can there be too much with COVID-19?

I’ve been checking on my high school students by phoning and emailing them and their parents.  Only about 3% have reported significant struggles due to COVID-19 and even those are starting to find the strength to carry on as they get emails and phone calls from school, encouraging them to do what they can and … More Social-Emotional Compassion: can there be too much with COVID-19?

Inequalities Genius

Last week I brought a favorite team activity online, and my students seemed to enjoy it even more in Zoom breakout rooms with their classroom teams than they normally do in the real classroom.  Maybe it’s the challenge of tech work-rounds, figuring out how to share their screens, or just being bored at home, but … More Inequalities Genius

IEP for Everybody?

It is completely understandable for a teacher to wince when they think about how many students these days have Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).   There seems to be more and more IEPs every year.  While it is great that students receive the special care they need, I have some concerns that at some point, IEPs could … More IEP for Everybody?