Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Homework Research

Homework Research

Research on homework generally reports that the value of homework increases as students grow older, but that it is far less effective with elementary students than with middle school and high school students. (PCS K-6 Redesign Committee)

Think Differently

Think Differently


"We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." (Alan November)

Common Core – Grade Level Targets

Common Core – Grade Level Targets

  • Grade 3 Lexile should be 800
  • Grade 5 Lexile should be 950
  • Grade 8 Lexile should be 1100
  • Grade 10 Lexile should be 1200
  • Grade 12 Lexile should be 1300

Plan for 100 Years

Plan for 100 Years


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If your plan is for one year, plant rice; if your plan is for 10 years, plant trees; If your plan is for 100 years, educate children. - Confucius

Who Owns the Learning?

Who Owns the Learning?





















If you're only going to ask one question when you're visiting a school to determine if that school is a really really good school or a great school...I have decided...that the question is, "Who owns the learning?" (Alan November)


Stacey Urbin's - Essential Questions

Stacey Urbin's - Essential Questions

  • What are you doing to improve the quality of your instruction?
  • What are you doing to reduce the variability of quality instruction between classrooms?
  • What are you doing to build a healthy culture in your classroom? In our school?

Adult Relationships

Adult Relationships

“The nature of the relationships among the adults who inhabit a school has more to do with its quality and character, and with the accomplishments of its pupils, than any other factor.” Roland S. Barth, Harvard Principals' Center 

The Big Three!

The Big Three!

Schools need to focus on three simple things: a reasonably coherent curriculum, sound lessons, and purposeful reading and writing in every discipline. - Mike Schmoker (Focus)