As they get older, you could "theme" the visit by looking for a specific color or things that are big or small. As they start to get interested in letters, you can go on a letter hunt for either printed letters or objects that start with a letter. It would delight SEEC preschoolers to use (washable) markers to write a letter or a dot of color on their hand as their "guide" for finding that while exploring the exhibition. If you're in an exhibition with lots of portraits of people or images of animals, examining their eyes or hands can be a fun theme.
A sixth-grader in Texas with the user name, "Gummy Bear," pops onto my laptop screen. She's doing a National History Day project about "rights and responsibilities" that highlights the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines that I was a plaintiff in. She wants to know w...
How do we measure learning beyond knowledge of content? Finding that winning combination of criteria can prove to be a complicated and sometimes difficult process. Schools that are pushing boundaries are learning that it takes time, a lot of conversation, and a willingness to let students participate in that evaluation.
This week’s Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder overturned Section 4(b) of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which mandated federal oversight of changes in voting procedure in jurisdictions that have a history of using a “test or device” to impede enfranchisement. Here is one example of such a...
In today's post I'm going to talk about what I view as the biggest political threat to successful implementation of the standards--teacher evaluation. Tomorrow I'm going to talk about what I view as the biggest technical threats to implementation--assessments and curriculum materials.
"But there is no inherent reason why Common Core and new teacher evaluation policies have to be linked with one another. One need not have common standards to redesign teacher evaluation, and vice versa. The major unforced error here was in the Obama administration's pushing these two policies contemporaneously. As a result, the policies have become conflated in ways that have undermined both of them--as some of us have been predicting for a while. There is the increasingly real possibility that teacher evaluation will destroy the Common Core in some places."