Teaching beyond Facts…

What does teaching beyond facts mean? I recently read a fascinating article on soft and hard skills in the 21st century. Here is a summary of the article from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.   The school system that most adults today grew up with should not be in the classroom of today. … Continue reading Teaching beyond Facts…

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A Case for Playwriting and Supporting Standards in Education

What are standards in education? Briefly, standards are agreed upon learning points in specific disciplines that are specific to a grade level and the skills that the average student in that grade should acquire. Standards can be found in every content area from English and Math to Physical Education and Theatre Arts. There are different … Continue reading A Case for Playwriting and Supporting Standards in Education

Three Tiers of Words: Three Reading Strategies: Increased Personalization and Understanding

At the heart of great teaching is differentiation; this teaching tactic of differentiation inside of the teaching content area applies to language acquisition, stages of language, and academic language development; this work will help students across multiple content areas (P2). In researching this teaching topic area, I reflected on two effective techniques for teaching academic … Continue reading Three Tiers of Words: Three Reading Strategies: Increased Personalization and Understanding

Expect Diversity: Prologue and Epilogue

Expect Diversity in Teaching: A Collection of Personal Stories and Reflections from Teaching that Mirror Multicultural Research Know THYSELF, stories and reflections found here. Know THY STUDENTS, stories and reflections found here. Know THY SUBJECT, stories and reflections found here. PROLOGUE The parent of a former student of mine told me the following story. This … Continue reading Expect Diversity: Prologue and Epilogue

Equal Access to Academic Language and Classroom Content through Flipped Learning

Giving students the opportunity to access classroom content in multiple ways is an essential practice of an effective educator; learning content specific academic language can be difficult for both advanced English language speakers and English speakers that are still acquiring fluency, the effective educator will give students multiple opportunities to learn the same content in … Continue reading Equal Access to Academic Language and Classroom Content through Flipped Learning

How To: Writing Workshop for Performing Arts

Can a writing workshop work for any subject? Yes. Although, this assumes the liberal definition of a text, where anything with meaning, including but not limited to written words, can be composed or written. The “text” in question could be a traditional essay, a painting, or even a performance that eludes a fixed form. The … Continue reading How To: Writing Workshop for Performing Arts

Literacy Lesson: To Read or Not To Read

Using the CCSS, the following lesson was created in collaboration between theatre arts and fine arts content areas to incorporate multiple strategies in literacy instruction; the lesson incorporates strategies that are based in constructivist interpretation, visual interpretation, and performative interpretation. (Follow this link to see the evolution of this lesson from a fail to finesse) … Continue reading Literacy Lesson: To Read or Not To Read