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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 article about the playwright. I scanned YouTube […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Call For Classroom Research

To fully realize technology’s potential to improve the opportunity to learn, research findings [from the disciplines of cognitive science, neuroscience, education, psychology, sociology, and economics] should be communicated in a way that is useful to [everyone] looking for effective methods to improve student outcomes. ~ DigitalPromise Research Initiative We at Kiddom like to ponder how […]

Every Day Should be Data Day

There’s not a single day in the school year that’s capable of both boosting teachers’ morale or crushing them entirely more than data day. Use the data. All the data. Before I continue, I must first disclose I’m not against the “idea” of data day. Nor am I against measuring class data to inform and guide […]