Every morning I get up a few hours before anyone else in my house. I use this quiet time to read, think, write, and drink coffee–it’s my time. It’s also a lonely time. Sometimes solitude is good, but other times I wish there was someone with whom to share the a-ha moments. Hence, I keep […]

The simplicity and flexibility of the simple single-point rubric make it a win-win for students and teachers.

“The most difficult thing is to try to forget what is in your memory and re-approach.”

If only I had the answer. I don’t think anyone does, but here are a few ideas that might help.

These five easy-to-manage strategies will help your students process their understanding and show them (and you) what they do and don’t know.

Approaching rubrics as an instructional tool (as opposed to an evaluation technique) makes them much more powerful. To maximize the value, we need to simplify the tool.

Making the move to digital learning requires flexibility and creativity. Here are a couple of ideas that might make your job a little easier.

Although I’m far from crafty or handy, I love the idea of repurposing.  Every time I pick up a Real Simple magazine or watch HGTV, I get ideas.  Rarely can I pull them off, but sometimes I can turn a party tub into a pool-towel holder or a bath mat into a wall hanging.  I […]

This year, essential questions are the big deal at my school.  Administrators expect to see them prominently posted whenever they come in to the room.  Recently I found myself the “substitute” in a 9th grade English class while the teacher was out on a short medical leave.  I loved the chance to get back in […]