High Stakes Assessments

CCS - Private International School, S. Korea vs. FCPCS - Charter School, Arizona Sitting down to write this I find that I am surprised. I am surprised because at the outset of this assignment I had expected one outcome, but found that my stereotype was, in fact (gasp!), wrong. I had been eager to research this… Continue reading High Stakes Assessments


My 1st Attempt at “Backward Mapping”

Here is my example of “Backward Mapping” for the California Common Core State Standard for grade 2, standard number 6: “With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including collaboration with peers” (Common Core State Standards California, 2013). I chose this standard to develop my unit… Continue reading My 1st Attempt at “Backward Mapping”

Addressing Positive and Negative Behavior in Class

This week I spent time considering how I might reward/reinforce positive student behavior as well as my method of responding to negative behavior and its consequences. I think this exercise will be helpful for me to repeat once I am in my 2nd grade classroom as well. Seeing as I am a librarian and elementary… Continue reading Addressing Positive and Negative Behavior in Class

High Performance Learning Environments: Video Analyses

Video Analyses Academic expectations - do you think the teacher holds high performance expectations for students in each of these scenarios? Why or why not? Roller Coasters - I believe that the teacher in this example does hold high expectations of her students. There are so many layers to her project  -  science, physics, math,… Continue reading High Performance Learning Environments: Video Analyses


I’ve always loved playing games. I have honestly never been a video gamer, but I think a lot of the concepts I’ve learned about in this lesson apply to board games too. When think of “flow” I think of playing my absolute favorite card game: Multiple Solitaire (also called Nertz). When I play this game… Continue reading ~Flow~