4 Strategies for Fostering 21st Century Listening, Speaking, and Thinking

Effective communication has proven to be a problem throughout recorded history.  For example, many years ago the United States experienced diplomatic problems with Panama about the Canal Zone, which resulted in civil disturbances and riots.  Just when it appeared that an agreement had been reached between the two countries, diplomacy again fell apart because each side differed as to the meaning of a single word (Monson, 2010).  This word was ‘negoicar.’


What are we ‘wading’ for?

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Journey to an imaginary pool where a series of tasks determines your swimming strength followed by the awards ceremony.  Some of us would earn the “deep water” badge due to our extensive knowledge of several strokes and the ability to perform them with grace and ease.


Reading Fluency: Don't Just Weigh the Pig

Imagine that you are a pig farmer. Before you take your pig to market for sale, you want the fattest pig possible. However, weighing the pig everyday will not make the pig fatter. In order for the pig to gain weight, you have to feed the pig a healthy and appropriate diet. The same is true for reading fluency.



Is Faster Really Better?

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"It's not complicated, faster is better!"  If you believe the AT&T commercials faster is always better and for years we have taught math using that same theory!  We taught procedures and gave daily timed math facts tests to ensure students would become faster and faster at "doing" math.   We celebrated two things; the correct answer and arriving at it quickly or automatically.  Through our efforts a small segment of our population was congratulated and made to believe they were our best and brightest.  They were true mathematicians!  But for a much larger group of people we proved just


Four Tips for Small Group Math Time

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As I travel and walk-through classrooms, I have the opportunity to observe small group math time. Often, I am asked by administrators and teachers about making this time effective and conducive to student learning. Here are four tips to getting the most out of your small group math time.


Digitally Relevant Literacy Instruction for the 21st Century

It was only my fifth year or so of teaching when I first heard myself say…“Kids today are different!”  I was startled to hear it come out of my mouth, since this was a phrase that I had—until that point—associated with eighty-year-olds who wore socks with sandals and screamed at kids to get off of the well-manicured lawn.


Teaching Students to ACE Your Questions

The Common Core State Standards have placed a renewed emphasis on using evidence. Anchor Standard #1 for Reading requires students to “. . . cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.” Likewise, the C3 Framework for social studies has as its third Dimension: Evaluating sources and using evidence, and a Next Generation Science and Engineering Practice is Engaging in Argument from Evidence. What do all of these have in common?


iPad Apps and the C4 Framework for Social Studies

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I spent most of the day today talking iPads with K-12 teachers in all contents. But I have to admit - my favorite part of the day was the two hours spent with social studies teachers.


Critical Transformations and the CCSS

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Carol Ann Tomlinson, well known for her work with Differentiated Instruction, tells a story about teaching grammar to 12-year-olds. 



Common Core and Their Future

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I recently watched a Tennessee high school senior present to his Board of Education why the common core standards are not appropriate for schooling and it brought up some emotions and thoughts that come from the CORE!  Hopefully this post speaks to many hearts and minds of our educators so that we can continue the journey to prepare every student



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