How Building a PLN Can Help Your Students

This is the tenth post in the Professional Development 2.0 series. If you have not already, I would encourage you to start with the first nine posts:

Introduction to the New Professional Development Old and New What is a PLN? Parts of a New PLN What’s all that tweeting about? . . . → Read More: How Building a PLN Can Help Your Students

A New Year, A New Approach

Thank you Jason for providing me this venue to share a few thoughts on learning and my journey through reform.

When I began teaching I tried to lay low, blend into the background, and cause the least amount of commotion as possible.  In my mind I was there to teach the . . . → Read More: A New Year, A New Approach

Hiding in the open

Chad Sansing is one of the teachers whose conversation and insight really got me thinking at the beginning of the summer. He asks some really good questions about when assessment is appropriate, especially in the context of authentic work. I appreciate Chad taking the time to share his insight here.

With thanks . . . → Read More: Hiding in the open

Students Get to Their Destinations

Steven Davis is emerging as a leader in the area of middle school education. I’m paying very close attention to his work as a new middle school teacher myself. Steven is an educator who always strives to put the students first; he is also the only financial supporter of this blog, which . . . → Read More: Students Get to Their Destinations

Tenets of Assessment/Grading Reform

Matt Townsley is a former math teacher and a director of curriculum and technology in Iowa. He, along with Alfonso Gonzalez and Joe Bower, were the people who really got me started in thinking critically about how we assess. He is a great advocate of standards-based grading and his arguments are both . . . → Read More: Tenets of Assessment/Grading Reform

Why Grade to Assess?

This blog series really can be traced back to my conversations with Alfonso Gonzalez and others. Alfonso has really challenged my thinking about grades and he is the one who really gave me the push I needed to stop using grades. It is fitting, then, that Alfonso is the first guest blogger . . . → Read More: Why Grade to Assess?

Introducing Steven Davis

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post called A Change in Direction. In that post, I explained why I was unsatisfied with Google AdSense and asked for help to keep this blog afloat. I only want to allow supporters that I can respect and recommend. Thankfully, Steven Davis, a great middle . . . → Read More: Introducing Steven Davis

Escaping the Echo Chamber

I can’t think of a better person to finish our Diffusion of Innovations than Mary-Beth Hertz. She is tremendously supportive of other educators and is one of the weekly moderators of #edchat. In addition, she helped put together Ed Camp Philly, one of the best PD experiences in recent memory. Thank you . . . → Read More: Escaping the Echo Chamber

Funds and Participation to Move Beyond the Government Policies

Dr. Milton Ramirez is a man I greatly respect.  As you will see from his post, he places a great emphasis on research. I originally started talking to @tonnet on Twitter where he is consistently among the most insightful people I know. He seems to be one of the rare people . . . → Read More: Funds and Participation to Move Beyond the Government Policies

It All Starts At The Top

Steven W. Anderson is @web20classroom on Twitter. He is one of the founders of #edchat and blogs at the Web 2.0 Classroom. Initially, I contacted Steven about giving a keynote presentation at the TeachMeet conference I hosted in April without much expectation. He wasn’t following me on Twitter yet, I hadn’t . . . → Read More: It All Starts At The Top