Sunday, November 28, 2010

New Way of Looking at Grades

Here's an article I wrote that ran in the Week In Review section of the NYTimes today.

I learned about this big shift in the way schools grade kids from some superintendents who are concerned about low performing boys. They are looking to see how much they grade for knowledge and how much they grade for compliance. They say it will help minority kids, English language learners and kids who are disengaged but smart.

What do you think?

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Wonderful Day Talking to Teachers

I spent a wonderful day working with teachers who instruct children under difficult circumstances -- in NYC hospitals and psych ward. This is a dedicated, caring group -- and very interested in how to reach all kids including the boys.

One of the organizers sent me this letter -- a follow up to our day together.
My members have been raving about you and your book!! They all say they could listen to you for more hours!!!
Reading your book and listening to you speak gave everyone insights to our approaches in teaching our boys and our own children in fact.
I want to thank you again for affording us your time and expertise.
The pleasure was all mine!

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