November 2013

Teaching to the Test, or the Other Way Around?

  • Posted on: 22 November 2013
  • By: Tina McCoy

I sometimes hear people say, "We shouldn't be teaching to the test!".  I think that's an interesting comment in many ways. Teaching to the test is simply poor teaching. No quality educator would advocate for superficial learning simply so that students can take another test. That's not real learning - not the kind that we should want for our students. Does that mean that I don't believe that we should be teaching those things that are 'on the test'?  Not at all.  Let me explain.

Text Complexity: We All Need to Understand the Issue

  • Posted on: 22 November 2013
  • By: Tina McCoy

We now live in a world where information is at our fingertips, but understanding is often superficial. It has never been more critical that our students acquire the literacy skills they need to create their own meaning from a wide range of complex texts. Perhaps this is why increased text complexity is so heavily emphasized in the Common Core State Standards. Students will be expected to read, discuss and write about texts at higher levels across the curriculum.

Six Fallacies That Can Keep Your Organization From Moving Ahead

  • Posted on: 20 November 2013
  • By: Tina McCoy

Faulty thinking can can persist for years if unchecked, and undermine efforts to improve your school system. Bust these myths and put your organization on the road to meaningful improvement!

6. Mandating is leadership.

5. Organizational change is relatively simple.

4. One presentation can change your organization.

3. Professionals don't have the same 'needs' as other learners.

2. Individual learning will naturally translate into organizational learning.