Category Archives: CCSS

Gratitude, despite all that is “wrong” in education today

I just read yet another piece about the ills of the teaching profession right now: A Warning to Young People: Don’t Become a Teacher. I don’t think what is depicted in that piece is necessarily inaccurate, but it is yet … Continue reading

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More on narrative: What storytelling does to our brains fm The Buffer blog

I guess this follows hot on the heels of my last post on the role of narrative. It was tweeted by one of our favorite thinkers on literacy, Penny Kittle. I’ll let the article speak for itself, but the short … Continue reading

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David Coleman, Common Core, and Storytelling

There has been a lot of chatter on the intertubes in the last six months about how the Common Core will or will not cause the removal, reduction or shift of the place of fiction in the Language Arts curriculum. … Continue reading

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NCTE Reflections: What we write down IS what we value: why I still don’t like CCSS

Some thoughts after letting Las Vegas percolate for a week or so- assisted by massive helpings of turkey and pumpkin pie. Doc Z threw down her thoughts here the other day. 1) As always, it’s really exciting and energizing to … Continue reading

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It’s all about engagement

I agree whole heartedly with this piece’s (from the Washington Post) argument that meaningful schooling is all about engagement. And I agree as well that the testing movement (and all the stakes attached to those test scores) can get in … Continue reading

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