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It’s a common fact that with higher standards, students are required to use critical reading and comprehension strategies in their ELA classrooms. It’s equally important that students use these strategies across content areas, and that teachers reinforce them during instruction. More challenging reading standards are...

I love teaching 5th grade, especially in the fall.  I enjoy watching my students settle into our school year, relaxing into the rhythm of our daily work of reading and writing together.  In our 5th grade state standards, there is a delicate dance between “learning...

As a middle school math teacher for more than 20 years, I am passionate about my work. One of my first leadership experiences was serving as a teacher researcher on a project focused on assessment through Michigan State University, which sparked my interest in assessment. As our...

As a native New Mexican, and proud teacher, my advocacy for students and education stems from my eighteen years of teaching in a number of settings. I’ve taught in both high and low performing schools that varied in size and demographic.  I know the struggles...

I've recently fallen in love with Orangetheory Fitness-- an interval-training program that challenges participants to achieve "Orange" status for twelve minutes to show that we are engaging in exercise in a way that challenges us individually. Watching the colors change on the screen as my workout...

It’s back to school time and parents and students everywhere are getting ready!  New clothes? Check. New backpack? Check. School supplies? Check. Our kids are ready with all the materials they need but are they ready academically?  And how do parents know if they are...