Week in class: Week Seven (and Eight) 2014



I know I’m behind, but bear with me…

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Week in Class: Week 5 (and 6)


I know, my posting is more bi-weekly than weekly at this point. My schedule is a little crazy now at home and with local elections, so forgive the tardiness. Here it goes…I’m still getting to know this class but they are a lot more compliant than ones of the past. At this point they are exceptionally well behaved in class for sixth graders. Due there less obtrusive natures, and my absences for the reasons listed above, I haven’t gotten to know them as well as I’d like at this point, but it’s still only a little over a month into the school year. Read the rest of this entry »

Making recall tasks complicated is not “complexity”


Proving a point I’ve been trying to make for a while about CCSS ELA, Tom Hoffman takes a look at his daughter’s homework:

Of course, the right answer is “Was that there yesterday?” which you’d know if you read the text. Really the problem is just that the question does not refer specifically to the text. I guess what is creepy about this one is that I understand that part of schooling is giving banal answers to banal questions. But conditioning kids — and I mean “conditioning” — to bubble in “citations” as banal answers to serious, open-ended philosophical questions like “What kind of questions can art make you ask?” is… disturbing.

Week in Class: Week Three 2014


Number 3
I missed out posting for Week 2, but things were pretty similar in both Week 3 so this will do for both weeks…
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Week in Class Week One 2014


40 number 1 hits,
Due to family concerns, I’ve not been able to do as much writing as I would have liked in August, but I did want to share about my great first week of teaching. Read the rest of this entry »

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