Are Great Teachers Bad Teachers?

flickr photo shared by mrkrndvs under a Creative Commons ( BY-SA ) license Dan Carlin in his investigation of Genghis Khan quotes Lord Acton who once wrote that “Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you add the tendency or the certainty of corruption by…

Why Blogging (Still) Matters

flickr photo shared by mrkrndvs under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC-SA ) license My daughter recently started at a new school. One of the things that stood out to me was the use of Facebook for classroom communication. Every class is setup with a private page, where information is shared. To me this fits perfectly with the argument that…

REVIEW: Building Background Knowledge for Academic Achievement

flickr photo shared by mrkrndvs under a Creative Commons ( BY-SA ) license In Building Background Knowledge for Academic Achievement, Robert Marzano explores the power of academic vocabulary and background knowledge to support academic achievement. In contrast to tiered high frequency words, academic vocabulary involves subject area terms derived from curriculum. Going beyond the ideal…

REVIEW: The Book Whisperer

flickr photo shared by mrkrndvs under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC-SA ) license In an age of data and automated programs, Donalyn Miller makes the claim that the best way to improve reading is in fact to read. Focusing on independence, The Book Whisperer provides an outline for how to empower students to lead their own reading. As Miller explains,…

It Takes a Newsletter

flickr photo shared by mrkrndvs under a Creative Commons ( BY-SA ) license At the end of last year I wrote a post celebrating some of the ideas that inspired me in 2015. It got me thinking that it might be an interesting exercise to go back and reflect on those ideas and inspirations on…