Clear the Clutter: A Filing System that Works

I’ve been making pretty good progress reading (sometimes reviewing or revisiting) a professional book a week this year. Most of the books are teaching books, but I’m always looking for ways to bring ideas from other fields into the classroom, and during the month of October, I found myself on a productivity binge. It seemed … Continue reading Clear the Clutter: A Filing System that Works

How to Simplify Your Rubric and Get Better Results

I do not think anyone who has ever graded a project, essay, or performance doubts the usefulness of a grading rubric.  We know that a rubric done well allows teachers to clarify our expectations, providing concrete guidelines for students removes subjectivity from classroom assignments enables students to assess their own work or seek feedback from … Continue reading How to Simplify Your Rubric and Get Better Results

In the Classroom, Mistakes Add up to Success

As part of a school-wide professional development initiative, we’re reading Carol Dweck’s Mindset this year. Our goal is to learn about the growth mindset in hopes of fostering those beliefs and behaviors in our students, but as I read and talk with my colleagues, I can’t help but think about our own mindsets in relation … Continue reading In the Classroom, Mistakes Add up to Success

20 Things for Students to Do with Informational Text

The most common request I have received this year as a literacy coach is to cover a teacher’s class. Just kidding. That’s the second-most common request.   Seriously, the practice that most of the teachers at my school seek my help with is questioning--specifically, how to write questions for the informational text they are using … Continue reading 20 Things for Students to Do with Informational Text