I'm so grateful for the opportunities to continue to learn and surround myself with others who also strive to be the best. I was in Sacramento last week for the 2017 - 2018 CAASPP Institute, with other trainers, presenters, support staff, organizational gurus and all around exceptional educators. Being around all of these people inspires me... Continue Reading →
I have been reading HEART! by Dr. Tim Kanold (@tkanold) over the past few months. I attended a CMC-Central Leadership Symposium in October 2017 where Dr. Kanold shared his passion and love for education. I walked away from that day full of renewed hope and yearning. He advises not to read the book from cover to... Continue Reading →
According to the California Mathematics Framework there are three Major Principles of the California Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. They are also commonly referred to as the “shifts”. Focus, Coherence and Rigor are those three principles. The shifts are specifically called out, not as more standards, but as a way to support understanding of... Continue Reading →
I wrote this over 8 years ago! As we return to school and work, we will be inundated with data, (which I love!), but we have to remind ourselves that it's about the growth our students make as they move along their educational journey. We need to remember that each of our students has his... Continue Reading →
“The process used by teachers and students to recognize and respond to student learning in order to enhance that learning, during the learning” ~Dylan Wiliam
That was some cliffhanger, wasn’t it!? Seriously, what did those students from 4th grade remember from 3rd grade about Fractions and Area? If you have no idea what I’m referring to, here is the blog post about Teachers Anticipating Unfinished Learning, (see you back here in a few minutes, we’ll wait!) As a group, we... Continue Reading →
"I am excited to give my students this pre-assessment on fractions. It will help me understand their prior knowledge, and, therefore, will help me do a better job helping them learn the whys and hows of what they are supposed to understand to be successful."
This has been rolling around in my brain ever since I heard Phil Daro in Bakersfield, CA at the CMC-Central Symposium in March 2016. I remember sitting there, writing it down, underlining and saying YES! Really loud in my own ears, I was so excited about this phrase! Well, then, as usual, life got busy,... Continue Reading →