The Key to Close Reading

A Guest Post by Barton Keeler I am not an expert in close reading but have tried a variety of methods and approaches.  What I discovered is that when I have a great essential question everything goes well – kids are engaged, they’re diving deep and thinking...

Who’s Doing the Learning?

Are the Students Learning or Is the Teacher? A Guest Post by Erin Whalen I have had the privilege of hearing Alice speak several times now, and while I have learned a LOT from her, there is one particular phrase that has really made me stop and think about my own...

Before Giving to Students… Critically Analyze

What is the Quality of Learning? One thing I am so grateful for is learning about DOK (Depth of Knowledge.) I did not learn this in my teacher credential program and thus never gave much thought to the depth of learning my students are engaged in. I didn’t...

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