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Category: Curriculum & Instruction

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 […]