Picture Book-Driven Inquiry: Reframing Research Investigation

“The river’s rhythm runs through my veins.  Runs through my people’s veins.” My student unmutes herself in our video conference, identifying these two lines as her favorite in Carole Lindstrom’s We Are Water Protectors.  The day before, I had read the book aloud to my students, enjoying the novelty of holding the pages close to […]

Balancing Inquiry & Support in Professional Learning: A Lesson from Bean Dad

A little while back, a dad took to social media to pat himself on the back about the lesson he’d taught his daughter when she wanted to open a can of beans but didn’t know how to use the can opener and the Twitterverse collectively cringed. In case you were lucky enough to miss it, […]

Getting Real with Rubrics: Providing More Authentic Opportunities with the College Essay

Think about how much thought goes into the creation of a rubric.  There is so much to consider: How many criteria should it have?  What are the appropriate criteria?  How should each criteria be weighted?  How should this rubric be set up? Should it have boxes, a checklist, or something else?  These are big decisions […]