“Tomorrow we will have a guest speaker.” Surely this statement must always be followed by the announcement of a guest lecture in History, an actor or singer for the Drama class, a local park ranger or chemical engineer for the Sciences, or a published author to speak to the Language Arts classes. “Our guest will [...]
The following is a great question from a reader and my attempt to answer it. Join the conversation by email (abfosEd@gmail.com) or on Twitter (@AbfosEd)! Question I have been reading everything I can get my hands on that has CCSS stamped on it. I have an aggravating issue that I just can’t find guidelines for. [...]
by Andrew Foster Twitter @abfosEd In the district where I teach, we are in the process of finding a new superintendent. The departing superintendent is loved by most and has positively affected our schools. The search has been extended into the summer and an interim superintendent has been named. The delay has taken its toll [...]
by Andrew Foster Twitter @abfosEd “Test, test, test. That’s all we ever do. These kids are overloaded with tests!” Ever heard that comment or a similar variation? Of course you have! Maybe the words came from your own mouth! One of the frustrations of teachers, principals, and coaches is the frequency and duration of assessment [...]
by Andrew Foster Twitter @abfosEd In the last few months I’ve come across some interesting ideas for exploring the Common Core State Standards. The most effective professional development is teacher-led and teacher-focused. Whether you are a classroom teacher doing your own research, a team leader organizing CCSS introductory activities, or an administrator trying to get [...]
by Andrew Foster Twitter @abfosEd For most schools and districts, the process of implementation with the Common Core State Standards will include a lot of discussion about professional development, new CCSS-aligned materials, and technology upgrades that will help schools teach daily technology use and prepare for the “next generation” digital assessments. All necessary and helpful. [...]
by Andrew Foster Twitter @abfosEd Today, we introduce a new columnist, Andrew Foster, who will write mostly about the Math part of the Common Core State Standards. Look for his columns on Wednesdays. Through personal experience and the challenges of life in the classroom, I’ve come to the not-so-startling conclusion that education is inevitably changing. [...]
What Challenges do You Face in Implementing the CCSS This simple four-question survey asks you about YOUR challenges in implementing the Common Core State Standards.