A.CED.1 How to Break it Down

The Common Core State Standards do not allow us, as teachers, the luxury of a checklist. Each standard has to many components. This is my attempt to be sure that I am teaching each standard to the full extent that is expected and that will help my students be...

The Power of Teaching Performance Tasks

Earlier this week I sent out the Unit 1 Assessments and compiled a list of Common Core Assessments from the web. But the real issue is what happens between assessments. Yes we want great, fair, honest assessments. But our job as teachers is to teach.  This is a...

Enjoying Summer and Learning Lessons

As my husband and I wait for the band to start, we can’t help but notice the impressive display of instruments lined up along the back wall. I start noticing the fiddle, and the banjo, and the beautiful guitars. I begin getting excited for the music to start. My...