Learning with Your Mind on Fire

Over the past few years at Garnet Valley, we have really made professional learning a priority (see Designing Teacher Centered Prof Learning 1 & 2). This past few months have really ramped up for our Elementary and Middle School English … Continued

The Creative Problem Solving Academy: Summer Remediation Done Differently

The Power of AND. Here at Garnet Valley we have bought into the power of AND.  With the deluge of data, testing, scores, growth measures, etc…it is easy to get caught teaching to the test. While we have heard time and … Continued

Looking to Write-The Power & Timelessness of a Text

The Why- Revisiting a Text In preparation for a grad class focused on using technology to support writing & literacy across the content areas I am facilitating, I recently reread Mary Ehrenworth’s Looking to Write: Children Writing Through the Visual … Continued

Designing Teacher Centered Professional Learning- Part 2

“Research shows that teachers-not books, not technology, not buildings, and not even class size-are the single most powerful driver of student performance.” AJ Juliani,  Inquiry and Innovation in the Classroom. In a recent L.E.A.P. meeting during which we were discussing how … Continued

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

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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