Social Emotional as Indicator of Academic Support and Placement Needs

The question was whether to place three kids in Tier II support or World Language.  Sixth grade is where students commit to a language, but those who struggle use that time as a precious resource: To get extra academic time to supplement their regular classes.  In August, the team sits around a table, looks at... Continue Reading →


Teaching Logic

You have to get your students thinking like coders.  You don't have to put them on computers to do that. I loathed when students asked "Why do we need to know this?"  Not because it is obnoxious or anti-intellectual; it's actually a great inquiry question.  No, I hated it because an old math colleague used... Continue Reading →

Make Sports Coed Redux

A few months ago I made the argument that schools should move towards a coed model of sports.  The logic behind those arguments can be found here, and I stand behind the basic concept. I was surprised to find, during August inservice, that a former student was denied a place on the high school field... Continue Reading →

Big Picture, Little Picture Data

My admins have begun to ask good questions that require data to form the answer, and as a result have given me access to vast amounts of data to explore with.  After answering their initial questions, one admin began to talk about using data in a Response to Intervention (RtI) type model.  A big believer... Continue Reading →

Why Mapping Data Matters

I am going to post on how to use Google Tables to map student data, but I wanted to explain why you might want to do it separately.  You, I am sure, can find a dozen uses for mapping data.  Here are a few of mine: Knowing the Community: I do not live where I... Continue Reading →

Unknown Known

There are the known knowns; there are things we know we know.  We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know.  But there are also unknown unknowns--there are things we do not know we don't know. --Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense under George... Continue Reading →

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