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The Elements of Teaching

The periodic table reveals an almost miraculous regularity. In it, the haphazard truths —observed piecemeal by so many individuals day-to-day, over centuries across the world— serendipitously fall in... Read More...

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Dazzle Your 1st Graders with Fraction Sense

The intelligent use of visual and concrete mathematics materials can enable young students to grasp mathematical concepts and thus not have to rely upon memorization. I would like to illustrate this ... Read More...

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THE ONE ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE VS. COMPETENCY-BASED EDUCATION

Being in fourth grade and teaching phonics to first graders, participating in the eighth grade spelling lesson as a fourth grader, being taught in small groups of three to five students from mixed gr... Read More...

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MARS MISSIONS NOT REQUIRED Pragmatic Approaches to Competency-Based Education

As a participant vendor in the Competency-Based Education Network’s TIP (Technology Interoperability Project) last year, I had the pleasure of serving on a panel at the 2015 CBExchange in Phoenix, Ar... Read More...

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EVIDENCE IS EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS What do leaders need to know and do?

In the world of education, we experience shared rhetoric. One emerging family of education talk includes competency-based education, mastery learning, student-centered learning, personalized learning... Read More...

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MOVING TO COMPETENCY HOW WE DID IT

Neighboring towns Dresden, Farmingdale, Hallowell, Monmouth and Richmond were just that: neighbors. Each had an independent school system with local students, history and traditions. Each had its own... Read More...

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COMPETENCY-BASED EDUCATION THE WORKING DEFINITION

The advocacy for competency-based education (CBE) has grown considerably in mainstream education over the last few years. Out from the shadows of alternative education, the idea that skills based mas... Read More...

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MARCHING TOWARDS COMPETENCY Competency Based Learning: Instruction that Matches the Needs of Each Student

In theory, the choice is simple. Continue to implement a time-bound; age-based; one-size-fits-all curriculum-driven instructional model that has not served us well for many decades. Or choose to deve... Read More...

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THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE

Excellence will not attack our schools, communities, states or nation. When we began the No. 1 program at Conway High School on January 20, 1984, we committed to an all out quest focused on Excellen... Read More...

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Implementing the Curriculum Documents

(This is part two of a three part series) The first article discussed the importance of and the process for developing common standards-based learning expectations with both end-of-year and wi... Read More...

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Embracing the Common Core with Art

Citing evidence in a text is an important goal for students under the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which call for close reading of a text, making logical inferences, and citing pertinent evide... Read More...

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Why Alignment Matters

I watched from across the room as he opened his packet and looked at the test results. Not a single word, just the look of defeat as a single tear “accidentally” escaped from the corner of his eye. I... Read More...

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The BUZZ on PBL

My first big project happened the summer after I turned 11. It was like all great summer projects, outdoors and filled with the sun-baked buzz of the garden. It wasn’t a fancy garden, just a strip of... Read More...

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Building a New Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment System

(This is part one of a three part series.) As we all struggle to meet the challenges of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) — or whatever new standards your state may have adopted — the new ass... Read More...

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COMMON CORE READING UNLOCKING INFORMATIONAL TEXT THROUGH CLASSROOM LIBRARIES

Informational text. We see the phrase over and over in the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, and generally acknowledge that students need to read more engaging nonfiction content... Read More...

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