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A principal's perspective on 21st Century Learning, School Improvement, and Educational Leadership


This past Friday, we embarked on a journey as a staff to learn from each other.  We held our first EdCamp-style professional development, and while some things will need to be modified, it was truly a success. The Set Up… Continue Reading →

The Professional Educator

Monday marks the kickoff of American Education Week.  This is a week designed to shine the spotlight on the work of students, teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, custodians, cafeteria workers, and parents as it relates to teaching and learning.  It is a… Continue Reading →

Create, Apply, Synthesize

Create, Apply, Synthesize – what do these three words have in common?  If you guessed they are all Level 4 verbs on the Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) chart, you guessed correctly.  Each of these are verbs that require students… Continue Reading →

Jostens Renaissance – the air we breathe

For the sixth time in my career I find myself at the Jostens Renaissance national conference. This year we are in sunny Scottsdale, AZ and have already heard from some amazing people who share the same passions that I do;… Continue Reading →

Thoughts on ‘Test Better, Teach Better’ Chapter 5: An Introduction to Test Building

Ok, so Popham gives us in this chapter the beginnings to building our own test items.  But he does so with a few, actually five, caveats.  This is a fairly short chapter, easily read, and quick with information.  I have… Continue Reading →

Thoughts on ‘Test Better, Teach Better’ Chapter 4: Validity, Reliability, and Bias

Chapter 4 of Popham’s book brings to light a few things that I doubt many of us consider when writing our own tests, giving a book written test, or prior to our state-mandated ACT administration.  Three primary areas for this… Continue Reading →

Thoughts on ‘Test Better, Teach Better’ Chapter 3

Too many testing targets…that is what the author has titled this chapter.  In reality, this chapter focused on educational standards and the difficulties teaching and assessing too many of these standards. As a classroom teacher, science as you all know,… Continue Reading →

Thoughts on ‘Test Better, Teach Better’ Chapter 2

I am struck immediately by the analogy the author uses to connect curriculum and instruction.  Identifying curriculum as the end and instruction as the means to the end is a clear mental image and gives another way to view the… Continue Reading →

Thoughts on ‘Test Better, Teach Better’ chapter 1

So having read the first chapter of Popham’s Test Better, Teach Better, I like the direction the book is taking in looking at assessment from both the student side and teacher side of the desk.  Popham states how well a… Continue Reading →

Concerns regarding December 21

Good morning, students and staff.  I want to take a little of your time today to share information regarding the rumors of potential acts of violence against students in Sweetwater County School District, and specifically Rock Springs High School.  I… Continue Reading →

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