academic integrity

Is the Bar Too High? ESSA, Scores & Elections


Just my Opinion, but…. JUST SAY NO to standardized testing. It’s time. Right before elections it’s turning into a political football, local, state and federal. At the national level, the leap to ‘for profit’ schools, slaps us into the face of reality. Tests. Lower the bar, fix or dump the tests? A conundrum. Is the […]

Finding Balance

Authentic teaching is magical balance. A good teacher knows how to reveal the essence of our existence so that we are moved to compassion, so that we respond with kindness and humanity even in the face of adversity, so that we are aware of the beautiful now, while our eyes are wide open to the […]

What Responsibility Do We Owe Puerto Rican Students?

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At this point, it might be useful for us to ask ourselves…what is this act, what is this scene in which action is taking place, what is this agency and what is its purpose?” Ralph Ellison, Lecture to Teachers, 1963 Several years ago I had the opportunity to work in Puerto Rico as an education […]

Health and Rewards for Kids: Striking a Balance

When it comes to rewarding children for good behavior or a job well done, educators need to be mindful, since going overboard can actually lead to serious problems down the road. Positive affirmation can encourage your students to work hard, and it can be good incentive in this digital age where things like smartphones, tablets, […]

Helping Your Students Do Efficient Online Research

Our students don’t know the world without the Internet. They spend days and nights on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat but hardly know how to translate all the information into learning. Gen Z doesn’t necessarily think critically about what they find online, and we, as educators, should teach the academic side of the Internet to […]

First Day of School For Gold Medalist Kids!

Tonight I write from head and heart about your first day of school, a lot about family, patriotism, ethics and values. Watching the Olympics is extraordinary, I’m sure you’ll agree. How amazing to see the best in the world compete, note how they get along, or don’t and when it gets really great, mess it […]

Summer: Our Beautiful Do Over


This time of year I am always reminded what a beautiful gift summer is to educators. Not just because of the beach time, time torestand rejuvenate our passion for students. Not just the extra time to spend with our children and our friends. Not just because we get to see what the rest of the […]

Curb Cheating on Writing Assignments


It’s no secret that cheating and academic dishonesty are rampant in schools across the country. In a recentEdutopiaarticle by Prof. Denise Pope–Academic Integrity: Cheat or Be Cheated? –the Senior Lecturer at Stanford University Graduate School of Education paints the sobering picture. “Several studies indicate that 80 to 95 percent of high school students admit to […]

No Work for All Over Break? YES PLEASE!

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Below is an email I sent out to all staff pertaining to the upcoming winter recess: Certificated Staff, Greetings! I hope this email finds you happy and healthy during the holiday season. As we all know, this time of year can get busy. We also all know that the countdown has begun for next week; […]

More on Hattie and Marzano – We KNOW what works!


“The experience of others is the best classroom you will ever find.”– Warren Buffett From time to time I share information about relevant and timely educational research. in this post I am reprinting excerpts from an earlier post regarding the powerful and influential research findings from John Hattie. The excerpt is from a post on […]