Multiple-Choice can be a Solid Choice


With a move to standards based assessments, there is often a perception that everything must have a rubric and that multiple-choice questions are a big no-no.  This is a misconception.  Selected response questions are very…

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The Power of Feedback; Reflections from a Paddle Board Yogi


By Kristine Tesoriero Middle School/High School Curriculum & Professional Learning Coordinator Like most teachers, I consider myself a life-long learner.  Typically, my learning and growth centers around the field of education, so when an opportunity…

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Inquire into This


Why? How come? What if? If you have children or teach or have spent any time around young children, then you know that these are some of their favorite words. Kids love asking questions. It…

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Does your classroom space reflect 21st century learning?


By Kristine Tesoriero Middle School Curriculum & Professional Learning Coordinator Twenty wooden desks are lined up in neat rows. The teacher’s desk is in the front of the rectangular room and a podium is stationed…

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Why Should We Teach Kids to Code?


This has been on my mind for a number of years. How do we fit learning to code into an ever increasing classroom workload?  I found this graphic that looks interesting but it still doesn’t answer my question.


Are you resilient?


As I sit down to write this blog again, IB exams are two weeks away.  Internal Assessment season has just passed. It is a very busy and potentially stressful time of year for you, our graduating…

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Perfecting Your Team


A recent NY Times article about Google’s quest for the perfect team really got me thinking. Basically, they found that the most successful teams weren’t the ones with the most expertise, or similar personality styles,…

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What is worth understanding?


By Kristine Tesoriero Middle School Curriculum & Professional Learning Coordinator   In an age when most of our questions can be answered with just the click of a button, what is the difference between “knowing…

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Do you have Grit?


When I sat down to write this it was the beginning of exam week in the High School, and I thought about the students needing perseverance, grit to get through these next few days. But…

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The New MTV (Making Thinking Visible)


  These are some prompts that teachers might use with this image to make thinking visible in the classroom. Harvard University Project Zero is a research center that began with a group of researchers wanting…

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