Let Them Have "A"s

The issue of students earning As is like a teeter totter, and I’m not sure which side I fall on.  On the one side (teeter), an A earned on the first time around (project, speech, paper, test) means that student caught on quickly, has that skill or understands the content. This is great!

Let's Create

This week, my high-school aged son has been uber-excited about his Journalism class.  He's not a particularly strong writer, nor does he like to engage people in conversation (which, I think, is an essential element to reporting).  He's more of a computer science and science guy, so I have been quite intrigued at this new-found interest in journalism.  There's something special going on in his journalism class, though, which must be recreated in all classes, in all subjects, at all times.  He has been so excited about it he talks about it all the time-so much that I think he doesn't go to a

Everyday Life in a Medieval Castle

The History room has been teeming with activity recently. In the midst of History World Leaders Madness (inspired by March Madness), tracking current events, predicting the animosity and conflict between Athens and Sparta (in Ancient History), and understanding why the United States became involved in World War I (in American History), the 7th graders have been investigating the evolution of Medieval Castles and every day life in a castle in European History.

To Rubric or Not To Rubric? Should that be the Question?

In Apollo 13, the movie, there is a scene where the scientists on the ground are trying to solve a problem that the astronauts in space are  The scientists have specific parameters of the problem, and are given the same resources that the astronauts have to solve the problem (Thanks to 4cDesign for providing this clip, via Youtube):