assessment method

Evaluating Teacher Evaluations

As bosses, we demand competence, effort and excellence from our employees. As employees, we thrive under a system that clearly spells out expectations, evaluates our performance fairly, and rewards achievement. Simple enough. So why is this so difficult to implement … Continue reading

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Education in Australia and America: More Alike Than Different

As an American educator who works with schools in Australia, I am frequently asked how our schools compare. Despite differences in accents and terminology, our systems of education are remarkably similar. Continue reading

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child development

Koraunui School: A New Zealand School On the Journey to Quality

A New Zealand school continues to make significant progress (socially, behaviorally, and academically) after adopting the principles and practices of choice theory. This is an inspiring story of moving from chaos to quality. Continue reading

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What It Will Actually Take To Change Education

While we throw money at “educational reform,” we continue to cling to unhelpful beliefs about school and learning. To effect meaningful change, we need to abandon tired practices and beliefs and adopt an entirely different model. Continue reading

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Teaching Essential Life Skills Through Storytelling: An Interview with the Experts

Storytelling teaches your children essential life skills. This interview with Mitch Weiss and Martha Hamilton explain what goes into a successful storytelling workshop. Continue reading

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TXT Me L8r!

FYI my little 1s (3rd g8rs) just did a unit re: how 2 rite a ltr. Like, a ltr ltr. Old skool, LOL. U haf 2 start w the d8 @ the top. Nxt rite ur address. Not ur email… like @ ur house. Then ur BFF’s address 2.  U… Read More


You Majored in What?!

Graduation season is upon us, the time when we pause to celebrate the accomplishments of newly-minted degree-holders. Of course, in economic times such as these, there’s no guarantee that a new graduate, professionally green and facing unprecedented competition for jobs, will land solid employment just on the strength of a… Read More


Science Through Literature in Inner City Schools

It was very exciting – and a little intimidating – to be invited to spend a day at an inner-city high school in Los Angeles.  I have spent over a decade developing and promoting an interdisciplinary approach to teaching core concepts in science and mathematics; throwing out the traditional text… Read More

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