Monthly Archives: May 2013

Nikhil Goyal

I met Nikhil at the MIT Media Lab about six months ago and think the conversation he’s sparking among students is awesome.  If you haven’t heard of him yet, you will. imagininglearning: edzedomega: 17-year-old Nikhil Goyal, in GOOD: Last March, Esquire revealed what it called the current “War on Youth.” In July, Newsweek dubbed millennials “Generation…

Authentic Assessment as Part of a Testing Reform Campaign: Monty Neill

What are some of the ways we can make assessment more human?  We support Monty’s idea that teacher driven assessments can provide a valuable counterpoint to infrequent standardized testing — in fact that’s what our software is designed to support.  Very thoughtful article — worth a read!

Summer Reflection

The school year is wrapping up and, as always, there is a lot to think about. Teachers, students, and the classroom have been on our minds all year long. How will you support your students as they enter finals? Do you have summer plans for yourself? How will you reflect on your semester? How will…

Thought-Provoking Questions for Students: via it’s snix

This is a fabulous thread about questions you can use to engage more deeply with the students in your class.  They are real people with hearts as well as minds, and sometimes knowing more on what’s going on in their world can help you understand and relate to them, as well as instruct them more effectively.  We’re all for making more classrooms more human AND more effective. Great post!

Sir Ken Robinson, on Education and Great Teachers

There is no system in the world or any school in the country that is better than its teachers. Teachers are the lifeblood of the success of schools. But teaching is a creative profession. Teaching, properly conceived, is not a delivery system. You know, you’re not there just to pass on received information. Great teachers do that, but what great teachers also do is mentor, stimulate, provoke, engage.

Sir Ken Robinson, on education and great teachers (via hithertokt)



What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready?

The crazy thing — what we like to think about — is what if the system DID become better and our graduates were college and work ready?  How much could we accomplish?  We think the field is wide open and things WILL change.  Yeah, we might be naive optimists, but we still believe it.


What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready? Community colleges expect little of first-year students — and get even less, concludes the National Center on Education and The Economy.

The report paints a grim picture.

High school graduates have trouble reading textbooks written at the…

15 WRONG Ways to Implement the Common Core: via Vicki Davis

Great post over at Vicki Davis’ blog.  We especially liked this quote, but the entire article is worth a read. (If you don’t read anything else in the next two weeks, read this.)

“Programs don’t teach kids, teachers teach kids.”


guest post by Johnna Weller, Ed D. Note from Vicki: As I was talking to Johnna from Discovery Education about this post, I started hearing her talk about districts who are struggling with Common Core. We thought that it would be helpful to know what people are doing to cause their…