What the PA Testing Machine Fails to Consider

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

That’s Not Very Authentic, Now Is It?: Increasing the Level of Authenticity in Math Class

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

Why the Maker Movement Should Be Here to Stay

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