Skip to main content

Join the Community

or Close

Search

CTQ Blogs

CTQ bloggers write about transforming teaching. Share their posts and chime in!

Featured

Between Passion and Possibility: Creating My Dream School

1 comment

You never know when your possibilities will unveil themselves to you. I’ve told children that for 17 years. In January, I began to live my own.

Featured

An Opportunity to Share My Voice

2 comments

Los Angeles high school student Maria Urquilla describes what a class trip to Washington D.C. taught her about the importance of student voice.

Featured

Why Every School Needs to Require Tandem Bike Riding

14 comments

One of the major benefits of marrying a teacher is the fact that we share a summer schedule. This summer, our schedule found us on Sanibel Island, FL. My husband, Paul, had mentioned riding a tandem bike on several occasions, and given that the number of bikes matched the number of people on the island, we went with the “why-not-today” philosophy.

Latest Blog Posts

Ariel Sacks

May 1, 2013

When Confidentiality Inhibits Problem-Solving

2 comments

I spent the day away from my students grading the writing portion of the 8th grade NY State Common Core ELA Exams. I got to grade one short response and one extended response. I've done this in previous years, but given all of the changes in the exam format and the standards being assessed, everyone was paying extra close attention to the way we were were trained to score the questions.

Continue Reading…

Ariel Sacks

May 1, 2013

Common Core Shift--Notes for Revisions

0 comments

I have been a fan of the Common Core Learning Standards for ELA since I first read them a few years ago. By and large, the Common Core Standards represent a shift that is more in line with what I've always tried to focus on in my teaching. I actually like these nicely organized standards that push toward deeper thinking.

I have a few concerns though. In no particular order, here they are:

Continue Reading…

Bill Ferriter

April 30, 2013

Are Grades Utterly Useless?

5 comments

One of my all-time favorite assertions about grading in schools comes from Grant Wiggins.  He writes:

"The most ubiquitous form of evaluation, grading, is so much a part of the school landscape that we easily overlook its utter uselessness as actionable feedback. Grades are here to stay, no doubt—but that doesn't mean we should rely on them as a major source of feedback."

Continue Reading…

Noah Zeichner

April 30, 2013

Keeping a good thing going: can innovative programs in education be sustained?

0 comments

In one of my recent posts, I described a large-scale project that I worked on with students at my school this year. Today I turn to a burning question that I have whenever I experience an exciting school initiative: is it sustainable? All of us who have worked in schools for at least a few years are familiar with the waves of innovation that come through our buildings and districts every one to three years.

Continue Reading…

RyanKinser

April 30, 2013

A Letter to Aspiring Teacherpreneurs

3 comments

 

Dear Intrepid Teacher Leaders,

Congratulations! You have the opportunity to craft a hybrid role in which your innovative leadership transforms the teaching profession while you still teach students during part of the day.  You’ll be a credible voice among teachers with relevant perspective to offer those outside of the classroom. 

Wait…you’re considering two jobs for the price of one? 

Why do it?

Continue Reading…

Subscribe to Blogs

Stay Informed

Sign up to receive the latest news and events through email!

Sign Up