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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 […]

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Teaching is my calling. I can’t give directions without teaching them to you. Sometimes, depending on your learning style, I will draw you a map on a napkin. Other times, I might get you to Google Maps and have Siri talk you through it. Occasionally, I’ll give you only the landmarks—“Go past the 7-11, until […]


In my last post, I shared Colorin Colorado’s new multimedia project filmed with ELLs and ESL teachers in Poughkeepsie, NY. This week, I’d like to delve a little deeper into one of the high school lessons taught by ESL teacher Anne Formato. As I highlight the lesson “Instruction of Key Academic Vocabulary with High School ELLs,” I’ll […]