What is a 21st century learner? Equally important, what does a 21st century classroom look like? It’s important that students learn the same content they always have. They will need reading and writing, math, science, and social studies. They will also need interpersonal skills like teamwork and collaboration, as well as skills learned on the playground like… Continue reading What is a 21st Century Learner?
Four years ago, my summer reading included The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller. It changed my life. It also changed the lives of over a hundred students, so far, that have passed through my classroom. Simple truths in Miller's book brought me to tears because of how deeply they resonated within me. Students don't learn… Continue reading True Love: Reading
As California begins the process of adopting the federal Common Core Standards, teachers are required to examine their teaching. The Common Core, as I understand it so far, focuses on teaching content in a deeper way. Students will be required to think critically, be creative, collaborate, and communicate. Much of this we already do. In… Continue reading Evidence in the Text
All year I strive to teach my students to enjoy thinking. In Reading Workshop, they read books of their own choosing and write letters to me making connections to other books, to their own lives, or to the world. They visualize settings and infer character motivation from their actions. All of this is done with… Continue reading Standardized Testing