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A Take On Speaking and Listening

ELA teachers sometimes gloss over the CCSS’s Speaking and Listening standards. Based on conversations with friends who employ 18-25 year-olds, this is evident in some graduates’ job performance. Our task […]

Student Empowerment: Goal Setting and Grit in the Classroom

Mind toolsТ describes the acronym SMART goals in the following way: “SТ – Specific (or Significant),Т MТ – Measurable (or Meaningful),Т AТ – Attainable (or Action-Oriented),Т RТ – Relevant (or Rewarding), andТ TТ – Time-bound (or Trackable)” I like that […]

’53 Ways to Check Understanding’

Edutopia recently published a list with creative suggestions on how to acknowledge, assess student understandings. Opening up “measures” or ways to know what students know, allows for an assessment on […]

Learning Space: Think, Believe, Share

Students are beginning to work on This I Believe essays. In this image, students have paired up with a partner from across the room to discuss the strengths/writing strategies of […]

Learning Space: A Season of Firsts

At 6:05pm, my classroom is all set up and ready for students to show up for their first day of school tomorrow. I’ve used Brandi’s Types of Thinking as a […]

Learning Space: Room 13

Back to School at ACPA: (Might there be a more boring way to announce the reinvigoration of our learning space in Room 13? Probably. And yet the phrase leaves […]

Day One Download: What We’re Reading

These titles, with great depth and range, are some of the works we’re reading, thinking about, sharing. The Teenage Brain – Frances Jensen Material World – Peter Menzel […]

Writing and Weaving

In the pre-visits we explored fiber alongside words to think through literature,specifically identity, oppression, community, the writing process, media influence, feminism, the line between fine art and craft… Students are […]