Literacy Comes Alive with AliveStudiosk12.com

AliveStudiosk12.com on Twitter My students ❤️ to build sentences & watch the sentences come to life… https://t.co/XXmFmSSP9W I saw this video on my Twitter feed the other day, and I was amazed. The letters and words were actually coming to life on the screen! This … Read More

Is Kindergarten the New First Grade?

Legos, the kitchen set, and blocks were part of my fondest kindergarten memories. I remember playing with white, red, and blue Lego blocks during free play. Every day I tried to build my house (my dad was an architect), and just when I got to my … Read More

Special Education and Common Core: Humans of New York

When I first began teaching, my mentor told me: ‘If there’s anything about the system that you want to fight, just make sure it’s the hill you want to die on’. Humans of New York (2/3) “Even in special education, our curriculum is based … Read More

Quick Guide: Travel with the Time Warp Trio!

What resources do you use to help your second and third-grade elementary students understand history? That was the question on my mind as I searched for materials to help my second graders learn about Ancient China. I had plenty of fiction and nonfiction picture … Read More

Teacher Evaluation Scores: Should Parents Have Access?

The debate surrounding teacher privacy, transparency and student test scores reemerged recently when a parent in Loudon County, VA, filed a lawsuit against state officials requesting the release of the state’s teacher evaluation data. Jasmine Song and Tim Walker Just as Teacher Appreciation Week was … Read More

Rising Above The War Against American Teachers

Teaching is not a lost art, but regard for it is a lost tradition. Jacques Barzun As I sat in the art room watching the students take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) End of Year (EOY) Assessment, I … Read More

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