Monthly Archives: December 2013

Net Positive Return

Of the many afflictions facing urban school communities, particularly New York City, transportation looms large over all of them. For Christmas I received a copy of Elly Blue’s Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy,¬†which overlaps with a lot of … Continue reading

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Critical-thinking Skills in the Classroom and Beyond

From KIPP Kings Collegiate in the Bay Area, ten straightforward ideas for teachers to push critical-thinking skills in the classroom: 4. Model your expectations. “It all comes back to modeling,” says Kellan McNulty, who teaches AP world history and AP … Continue reading

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“Who Opposed American Occupation”

On our most recent interim assessment, I incorporated two questions about the occupation of the Philippines from Beyond the Bubble. I’ve dabbled in this style question over the last two years, but this was the first time we implemented into … Continue reading

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Big, Big Plans Hatching in My Brain

Yesterday my students took the second interim assessment – 22 multiple choice questions, 4 “short answer” DBQ style questions, and 1 short essay. Over the next few weeks I’m going to do some “deep excavations” of their performance on different … Continue reading

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