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Missing the Context Misses the Purpose of Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address"

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 11:25am 0 Comments

Here is an educational policy riddle: How much background knowledge does a student need to read a historical text?

According to New York Engage website: None.

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are being implemented state by state, and there is an emphasis from teaching students background knowledge to teaching students skills, specifically the skill of close…


What Interdisciplinary Writing Assessments Could Learn from Saturday Night Live

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 1:01pm 0 Comments

This post completes a trilogy of reflections on the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) which will be terminated once the new Smarter Balance Assessments tied to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are implemented. There will be at least one more year of the same CAPT assessments, specifically the Interdisciplinary Writing Prompt (IW) where 10th grade students write a persusive essay in response to news articles. While the horribly misnamed Response to Literature (RTL) prompt…


Once You Go YouTube, You Can Never Go Back!

Posted on February 17, 2013 at 7:35am 0 Comments

The teachers at the professional development session were visibly frustrated; I could hear the irritation in their comments. The presentation on the use of digital technology was to help them improve digital literacy across the content areas, but many of the sites in the demonstration were blocked by the school's Internet filter. I sympathized with their frustration because just three years ago, I was like them. Three years ago, our school's Internet filter blocked everything.…


Informational Text for Social Studies or English: "The Perils of Indifference" by Elie Wiesel

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 11:52am 0 Comments

By my calculations, at the mid-point of the school year, many World History classes are studying World War II. Should these classes want to increase their use of an informational text in English or Social Studies curriculum, I suggest Elie Wiesel’s noteworthy speech …


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