Staring at 2014-2015 New Mexico “School Grades,” #3: What Scot Did on His Winter Vacation

In the spirit, not of the Holiday but, of releasing obsessive information from my brain, below is what I found comparing the list of schools identified in a March 2015 Journal piece as having 5.00% or higher opt-outs and whether those schools were dinged a letter grade by NMPED on their recently released “School Grades.”  I’ve… Read More Staring at 2014-2015 New Mexico “School Grades,” #3: What Scot Did on His Winter Vacation

Test Cheer/I’m-a-Teacher-Who-Feels-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Go-into-a-Grading-Coma Rag

With apologies to Country Joe McDonald and so many others…   Give me a T! Give me an E! Give me a S! Give me another T! What’s that spell? Formative Assessment! What’s that spell? Summative Assessment! What the Hell does Formative and Summative Assessment really mean? We don’t know! What’s the difference between them?… Read More Test Cheer/I’m-a-Teacher-Who-Feels-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Go-into-a-Grading-Coma Rag

The Tuesday Distraction: “Clean Break” by the Talking Heads

Some teachers call it “closing the door to my classroom,” while others call it leaving the classroom altogether. How does one get away from all the “white noise” of K-12 teaching circa-2015?  As we wind down Fall Semester 2015, I find it personally helpful to distract myself from the noise by having this Talking Heads… Read More The Tuesday Distraction: “Clean Break” by the Talking Heads