Month: March 2016


Gary Provost Quote

We really liked this quote by writing guru Gary Provost. Gary is the author of 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing, Make Your Words Work, Make Every Word Count, Beyond Style: Mastering the Finer Points of Writing, and many novels and true crime books. When he is not writing about writing, he is writing. If you are looking for some inspiration in your writing instruction, or your own writing, we recommend taking some time to visit garyprovost.com. 

“This sentence has five […]

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Looking at BYOD From All Sides

In recent years many educators have taken the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” stance when it comes to technology in the classroom. Instead of continually patrolling the classroom for texting-under-the-table offenders, teachers have shifted their pedagogy and adopted a BYOD (bring your own device) or BYOT (bring your own technology) policy in the classroom.

This policy has proven successful even–or especially–in underprivileged districts that don’t have the resources to provide technology to students. Socioeconomic levels don’t seem to significantly […]

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Reality YouTube*

“A Real Live Teacher Describes Her Students Reactions to Inquiry By Design”

We spend a lot of time here at Inquiry By Design reassuring teachers that their students really can handle the challenge of the texts and tasks in our inquiry-based curriculum. When we tell teachers that their struggling learners will probably surprise them the most with what they produce, we often encounter unveiled skepticism. Of course, we’re saying what we’re supposed to say because we work here—right?

So we were thrilled […]

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One Last Thought on Testing

I’ve become a recent fan of Linda Darling Hammond. She’s president and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute, the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University, and has a list of credentials and credits as long as your arm—if you’re a person with exceptionally long arms. But that’s not why I like her so much. She knows her stuff, obviously, but she communicates her stuff in such a remarkably succinct, articulate, warm, and passionate way that you […]

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PISA Scores and Why They Matter: The Impact of High-Stakes Tests on Instruction – Part 3

Several years ago, I read journalist Amanda Ripley’s book The Smartest Kids in The World. I mean, what teacher wouldn’t be sucked in by that title? It proved as provocative as its name, and I have to admit that prior to reading her book, I had never heard of PISA.

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a worldwide survey conducted every three years by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). First administered in the year 2000 to […]

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