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Category: Curriculum & Instruction

Use Planner Like Pinterest — 5 Tips for Saving Teaching Resources

    Last week I went to see Pipeline, a riveting play, at least on its surface, about education. I left the theater fantasizing about the opportunities for lesson plans that lived within the lines of the play. I went home and googled the Gwendolyn Brooks poem repeated throughout the narrative. I read an articleabout the playwright. I scanned […]

Teaching Strategies to Close the Year Based on Student Interests

It’s the time of year to help students pinpoint areas of interest and encourage them to explore those further.   As the year comes to a close, student motivation can start to slip. When the weather warms up, it’s okay to admit that some students may be counting down the days until their summer vacations start. […]

Say Hello to the New Student Experience

Today, we released a redesigned student experience on Kiddom to help 21st century learners access and submit work, track their own progress, and solicit feedback from teachers in real-time, from one place. Over the past century, education technology has often left students out of the equation. That’s unfortunate, because students today move fast and are […]

SBG: A Practice That Lends to Better Curriculum Design

Class 709 where I first started teaching.   My standards-based grading (SBG) journey started as a solo adventure and has grown to a global mission. I started my teaching career nine years ago with class 709, as a 7th grade special education teacher at a public school in the South Bronx. I would venture to guess […]

Am I a Teaching Artist or an Administrator?

Sometimes, I wonder if I’ve made a mistake. I was a teaching artist for 15 years before I made the leap to full-time administrative work. A lot of factors contributed to this decision: I quit acting (feeling I needed to establish myself as something more than a performer), my wife lost her job, and I […]

Introducing Content Integrations

I taught mathematics in New York City alternative high schools. Every year, I prepared “at-risk” students with a history of chronic absenteeism for a standardized math test. If my students didn’t pass this exam, it prevented them from graduating. I didn’t believe in standardized testing then, nor do I now. However, our education system is […]