Month: June 2015

Performance assessment doesn’t talk about how to teach… but how to assess learning

Dr. Susan Brookhart: What Performance Assessment Is… and What It Isn’t

Dr. Susan Brookhart’s book, Performance Assessment: Showing What Students Know and Can Do, is available at the Learning Sciences bookstore. Dr. Brookhart, a former elementary school teacher, also taught at Duquesne University from 1989 to 2003. She was a keynote speaker at the 2015 Building Expertise Conference, discussing the characteristics of

Yes, a room full of 1,600 educators is quite orderly

Rigor and Assessment: Central Themes of Building Expertise 2015

By Scott Sterling Now that we’ve all recovered from last week’s Building Expertise 2015: Journey to Rigor, it’s time to reflect on what we learned and how much fun we had. There were some major themes of the conference that are worth discussing. It was huge! The conference sold out

This little ghost might actually be scary

Does Snapchat Have a Place in the Classroom? Social Media for Teachers

By Scott Sterling This is the final post in a series about social media strategies for the classroom. Previously, we discussed using Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram in instruction. Today, we’ll explore an app that’s wildly popular, yet inherently controversial: Snapchat. Snapchat basics There’s no shame in Snapchat ignorance—if you’re over the age

Dr. Marzano with Area Superintendent Ian Salzman and Calusa Elementary Principal Jamie Wyatt.

Top 10 Quotes (and Photos) from Dr. Robert J. Marzano’s Visit to Palm Beach County Schools for Rigor

Dr. Marzano with Area Superintendent Ian Salzman and Calusa Elementary Principal Jamie Wyatt. During the week of May 20th, Robert J. Marzano visited five Schools for Rigor in Palm Beach County, Florida, where he toured classrooms to see teachers implementing strategies in the Essentials for Achieving Rigor instructional model. The

The non-digital Instagram app from the 1980s

What would Abraham Lincoln share on Instagram? Social Media for Teachers

This is the fourth post in a series about social media strategies for the classroom. Previously, we discussed using Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest in instruction. Today, we’ll explore Instagram. Instagram has a reputation as the social network for self-obsessives and narcissists. It’s true that the most popular Instagrammers often fall into those

Pinterest makes it easy to organize and share ideas

Pinterest for Teachers: Using Social Media in Education

By Scott Sterling This is the third post in a series about social media strategies for the classroom. Previously, we discussed using Twitter and Facebook in instruction. We all know a teacher who forwards a nugget of wisdom from Pinterest on a daily basis. Above all the others, it’s the