With the new month, I used the occasion to share a calendar problem with some of my fourth and fifth grade classes. It was one I remember being intrigued by as a student. Take any 3 x 3 block of dates, for example 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18. 2          3          […]

FullSizeRender’s recent review of math instructional materials ignited a firestorm of debate regarding curriculum alignment with the Common Core State Standards. After 17 of the 20 K-8 math series evaluated did not meet the criteria, publishers started attacking edreports’ methodology. Isn’t this just more finger pointing and blaming going on? Is it that publishers aren’t […]

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Hello, and greetings from New York! March—infamously “the longest month” for students and teachers—is roaring right along, blustery and wet as ever. Last year at this time, the big question on every Algebra 1 teacher’s mind was “what will the test look like?” Here we are, a year later, and the course is feeling a […]

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If you were to look at my lesson plans for February, you’d see a novel study of The Giver. In early March, students are embarking on a really interesting journey to create their own utopia, present it to an authentic audience of parents, friends, administrators, and other teachers. The goal is to convince the audience […]


My school – the Oliver Partnership School – is a very unique elementary school in Lawrence, Massachusetts that was developed as part of a district turnaround plan.  The school is a partnership between the America Federation of Teachers and Lawrence Public Schools.  Our structure differs from most in that we are a teacher-lead school that has co-leaders, rather […]