3 Ways to Redefine Failure

I entered the teaching profession hungry to learn how to be a great educator and ready to become the next National Teacher of the Year! I watched Stand and Deliver, Freedom Writers, Dangerous Minds, Lean on Me, and Dead Poets Society, just to name a few. I was ready!

How the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) Compares to PARCC

In October of 2018, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) announced that they were, as many states have also chosen to do, opting out of the PARCC assessment in lieu of administering their own New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) this spring. At that time, the NJDOE gave limited information or resources to educators, simply stating, “the tests will have fewer questions and take less time to administer.” In November, the units and testing times were released; however, details about the content of the new assessments were not yet divulged.

March Math Madness: Making Mental Math Cool to Kids

With 2019’s March Madness set to begin on March 19th, educators have more than their basketball brackets to prepare!! With my last few posts focusing on literacy, it is time to give math some love! Similar to cultivating a culture of reading in your classrooms and schools, it important to create a culture of math: to make math cool! It just so happens that March gives us, as educators, the perfect opportunity to do so.

Regardless of what age you teach, this competition is possible, purposeful, and plain ol’ FUN.

Women’s History Month Resources on Edcite

Happy Women’s History Month! Teachers in the Edcite community have shared many assignments that honor great women and teach students about women’s history.  Check out the assignments below that can be used in elementary, middle school, and high school. Use these throughout the month of March or any day of the year!

Why 3rd Grade Literacy Is Pivotal

In my recent post about the current status of the academic gap, I stated that many agree that the academic gap is a literacy gap. As a result, many states and agencies have placed significant emphasis on literacy, focusing particularly on reading proficiency by 3rd grade. Why literacy and why this age? Well, the Anne E. Casey Foundation says 3rd grade reading has big implications, so let’s unpack that. 

Everything Is Earned: Living This Principle in Your Classrooms and Schools

As LeBron James says, “Nothing is Given. Everything is Earned.” Regardless of your feelings on LeBron, it is important for our young people (well, all people) to internalize this life lesson.

Most kids spend at least 13 years in a K-12 school setting. Be it public, private, or charter—13 years of a similar setting can get a bit redundant. 13 years of at least 7 hours a day is also a significant amount of time. Many kids spend just as much time with their peers and teachers as they do with their families at home. As such, it is critical that we intentionally plan for scaffolded privileges and freedom throughout their school “careers.”

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