Pedagogy

How Can Our Instruction and Classroom Environment Support the Humanity of Everyone?

As a retired principal and still practicing educator who isn’t finished learning, growing, teaching, and leading, I feel fortunate to serve a noble profession that lifts all when done well and right. Given today’s political climate, “well and right” is being challenged more than ever.    Even so, I say bring it on because educators …

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Teachers Cannot Solve the Substitute Teaching Crisis. Nor Should They.

The logical next post in the substitute teaching sequence (see Part 1) would be to share ideas for teachers, school leaders, and substitute teachers. We heard from many people closest to the substitute teaching crisis who had ideas for easing the crisis in small and big ways. However, issues that affect entire school systems across …

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Testing: To Infinity and Beyond Reason (Part Two)

Welcome back, gentle readers. In the previous installment of this two-part blog series, I described how the bipartisan No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), with its focus on standardized test results, propelled American education into an era of testing mania. I cited examples of NCLB’s unfortunate consequences, such as a dramatic decrease in classroom instructional …

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Testing: To Infinity and Beyond Reason (Part One)

It’s back to school time and kids everywhere are excited about the prospect of taking lots of tests to measure their “learning loss” during the pandemic and prepare them for state-mandated tests at the end of the school year. In all honesty, testing is not one of the reasons most children want to return to …

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What if… All Educators Were Assessment Literate?

What if All Educators Were Assessment Literate?– April 16, 2020 by Douglas G. Wren, Ed.D. Doug Wren is a consultant and author of the book Assessing Deeper Learning: Developing, Implementing, and Scoring Performance Tasks. He recently retired from his position as Educational Measurement & Assessment Specialist with Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Before coming to …

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In Uncertain Times: Higher Ed (and Society) Need to Do Better

Mark M. Diacopoulos – PhD. Curriculum and Instruction.  Assistant Professor, Dept. of Teaching and Leadership, Pittsburg State University Mark has been an educator for over 25 years. He has taught in middle and high schools both in the US and UK. An early adopter of educational technology, he has worked as a Technology Specialist and …

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Keeping the Balance with Home Learning

Annette Conley has been teaching for more than 30 years. Currently, she is the Reading Specialist at Thoroughgood Elementary in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Annette is a lifelong learner who is passionate about finding the balance in education, especially in literacy instruction. Annette has been writing lessons and doing literacy presentations for the VDOE. Follow Annette …

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