Tips for Avoiding Summer Learning Loss

For students, this is the most exciting time of the year. The end of May means school is ending, and it's a start to a summer filled with fun activities, hanging out with friends, time with family, playdates, jumping in the pool, traveling, extra sleep, and running up the grocery bill.  For some, it can … Continue reading Tips for Avoiding Summer Learning Loss

Depth of Knowledge

Depth of Knowledge (DOK) measures complexity and not difficulty. DOK is a tool used to identify the level of rigor for an assessment. It goes beyond content knowledge, and measures how deep students understand, explain answers to problems, provide solutions, and transfer what is learned to real-world concepts.  Essentially, DOK was created for students to stop … Continue reading Depth of Knowledge

The Literacy Issue

So, I'm trying something new. I wanted to release a quarterly "magazine" for you guys.  I'm doing a soft release today.  Let me know what you think and how I can improve.  This one is short for the soft launch. Don't be too hard on me.  Click on the link below to access the first … Continue reading The Literacy Issue

But, I don’t have the time…​

Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs in the world. How many times do you wake up in the morning with a checklist that's longer than the 24 hours you've been given? There doesn't seem like there are enough hours in the day to go to work, do homework with your children, drive … Continue reading But, I don’t have the time…​

Mastering Content or Meaningful Content

When planning a meaningful lesson, one of the first things you should ask yourself is, “What’s the end result and how can my students make a real-world connection after the lesson is finished?” There is a difference between mastering content and meaningful content. About a month ago, one of my students (at my tutoring center) … Continue reading Mastering Content or Meaningful Content