Purposeful Noise in Education

“And gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche.”- From Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales                Chaucer, in a simple phrase used to describe his Clerk, set the foundation for describing the qualities of an Outstanding Educator.  It can be … Continued

Connecting the Dots: Literacy-Technology-PA Core Standards-Bloom’s Taxonomy

Be willing to adapt and grow.  The more I thought about this month’s topic of ‘Best and Next Practices’, the more it hit me how many ‘best practices’ sometimes disappear, and how some, with the right modifications, can become next … Continued

Re-thinking Staff Development for the 21st Century

Along with teaching, staff development has been somewhat of a passion of mine. I have spent a short time as a staff developer in our district, and while I did make the move back to the classroom, continue to work, … Continued

The Evolution of a Curriculum

When I first began teaching, I walked into an 8th grade Language Arts position and innocently asked, “May I see the curriculum?”  The conversation went something like this…”Well, here are some novels we teach, a few short stories, & poems.  … Continued

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