When I first caught word that Pennsylvania is in the midst of manufacturing massive test failures on the state assessment, I should have been surprised— I wasn’t. What came to mind was what this would mean to my students, their parents and our community. The very thing that the state forgot to consider in the … More What the PA Testing Machine Fails to Consider
We have all been in classes where all you had to be was a warm body and you received an A. Contrast that with the other class that we all have taken— the class that you needed to make a metaphysical shift in order to barely squeak by with a B. We likely agree that … More Grades: What Do They Even Mean?
A while back, I wrote about the need for authenticity in math class. It’s a truth that all math teachers seem to face at one point or another during their career. A student voice comes out of the blue: “Why do we need to know this?” As teachers, we know the answer to this question. … More That’s Not Very Authentic, Now Is It?: Increasing the Level of Authenticity in Math Class
I recently had the opportunity to take part in a two-day professional development session with the Children’s Museum Makeshop in collaboration with Kickstarter. Here there were a variety of different of teachers and administrators who had varying levels of experience with making in education. The commonality: all teachers and administrators wanted to incorporate making into … More Why the Maker Movement Should Be Here to Stay