Category Archives: assessment

It’s time to consider backward design…your students already have.

Recently I attended a training on Understanding by Design (UbD). Otherwise known as Backward Design, this curriculum design methodology popularized by Jay McTighe and the late Grant Wiggins encourages the designer to plan with the end in mind, seeking clarity … Continue reading

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On jargon, professional language, and gazing upon the art of teaching

This is NOT a drawing of a horse It’s Pablo Picasso’s Guérnica, and there are countless conversations to be had in every square foot of this painting (the painting itself is 11 feet x 25 feet).  One would only describe … Continue reading

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Just how hard is “integrated studies” anyway?

As Co-director of PLCs in the Junior High, I have the exciting privilege (and obligation) to participate in each of the school’s PLCs: English, Math/Science, History, and Language.  Thursday was my first opportunity to observe another PLC in this capacity, … Continue reading

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In search of school-wide Essential Learnings/Questions

The purpose of this post is two-fold: see title–that pretty much explains it I hope to expand my learning network, so feel free to comment if you subscribe to this blog, but by all means SHARE THIS with your own … Continue reading

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Formatively assessing Shakespeare

This morning I’m finishing up Imagine: How Creativity Works by Johah Lehrer.  After talking about the creative process, the neuroscience of creativity, the importance of divergence and convergence in the creative process, and the relationship between cities and creative behavior, … Continue reading

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Looking downstream

Birke Baehr identified a problem.  The food we eat destroys our bodies and the planet.  So he started talking to people.  And if this video is any indication, Birke Baehr can talk: As I turn my eye to end-of-year assessment, … Continue reading

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In need of a starting point? Look at New Tech High School.

You may notice a theme from my recent and future posts: catching up and reconnecting.  I spent the summer being a husband, handyman, sojourner, and experiential learner, but happily, I’ve let my reading, thinking, and writing lapse.  So I have … Continue reading

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