Category: Standards-Driven Curriculum

Math Tricks? Just Say No!

By Jackie Speake If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone say, “I am not a math person,” well… I might not be rich, but I’d have a decent amount of spare cash to invest (that’s what we math people do with our spare cash … no,

Modeling With Mathematics: What it Is and How it Aligns With the Standards-Driven Classroom

By Jackie Speake I recently facilitated a teacher training at a school district with Learning Sciences International. The training included College and Career Ready (CCR) Standards for Mathematics, and we discussed the eight standards for mathematical practice. For more information on all eight practices you can check out CoreStandards.org. Unlike the Next

8 Listening Strategies Students Can Use for Better Communication

(FREE DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE BELOW) By Ron Nash, author of The Power of We and And What About You? When I ask how many participants in one of my workshops have taken a speech class at some point, most of the hands go up. I follow that with, “How many have taken a

Turning Around School Performance Requires Bold Steps: How Bear Creek Elementary Went From a “D” to “A”

By Willette Houston (Originally published in SEEN Magazine) Be bold. That’s where a school leader must start if you want to lead meaningful school change. There’s nothing wrong with incremental improvement or plotting out a step-by-step process, but we have to take a step back and look at the big picture

Important Reminder: “Wrong” Answers Are the Ones That Deepen Learning

By Shannon Pretorius You ask your class a question, expecting a particular answer. You planned for that answer, but the students’ responses are completely different from what you anticipated. What do you do? Too many times, I’ve seen teachers barely acknowledge the unexpected answers and say something like, “No, that’s

Helping Parents Understand Why Math Instruction Has Changed

By Kimberly Wood “What is it with this new math?” How many of you have heard this question from parents as they try to help their kids with homework? With the switch to rigorous college and career readiness standards, many parents feel that the math being taught in the classrooms

No, It Is Not the “The End of Grades”

by Ken O’Connor, author of The Standards-Based Grading Quick-Reference Guide. Sue Brookhart says that “in a perfect world, there would be no grades –at least, not as we know them now (i.e., traditional A-F grades based on averaging).”1 I agree with her, but I disagree with a recent blog post

Coaching Teachers Through Implementing LSI Standards-Driven Units

By Amanda Funk Coming off our first round of working with LSI to create standards-driven units, I found myself reflecting on the entire process. We had been immersed for two days in standards, text complexity, close reading, vocabulary, text-dependent questions, etc. Then we spent three full days immersed in learning