Getting to Rigor through Webb’s Depth of Knowledge

Students need access to academic rigor throughout their content experiences. Many teachers have worked to embed higher order thinking by planning with Bloom’s taxonomy in mind. In her article Pursuing the Depths of Knowledge, Nancy Boyles encourages teachers to examine Webb’s Depth of Knowledge and provides direct links to the rigor available in each level … Continue reading Getting to Rigor through Webb’s Depth of Knowledge

Practicing Self-Care

As educators, we spend our time and energy providing for the needs of our students. Many times our efforts come at the expense of our own well-being. During our school day, week, and year, we need to build and rebuild our emotional energy to be most effective. In her book Engage the Brain: How to … Continue reading Practicing Self-Care

Self-Determination and Intrinsic Motivation

Many years ago when I was an elementary music teacher, I challenged students in my 4th grade classes to compose and record original works for a grant-funded project. One particular student became more engaged than his peers. He asked if he could give up recess time and come to my room to work. He asked … Continue reading Self-Determination and Intrinsic Motivation