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Teaching & Fencing: An Analogy

Over the years, I have been blessed to work with exceptional social studies teachers: Mike Schmidt, Craig Manwaring, and Elane Catton among them. At some point in our work together, each drew on the analogy of fences and teaching–typically suggesting that teachers were two types: post hole diggers or fence stringers. Strong fences rely on […]

What Makes the Common Core State Standards Common: Part 2

The Common Core State Standards are common not only because they have been adopted across the country by forty-five states, but also because the ten anchor College and Career Reading Readiness Standards are shared across grades and disciplines K-12. As evidence for my argument, I draw on College and Career Reading Readiness Standard number one: […]