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Teaching to the Test

One of the most passionate arguments among professional educators centers on the concept of “teaching to the test.” The whole concept of teaching to the test seems to have gotten the reputation as being cheating somehow. In our work with districts to align their curriculum, instruction, and assessment, we hear often that “It sounds like we are teaching to the test.” The obvious question is, “To what else would you …Read More

Subject Integration Starts with Coherently Written Intentions, Not Just “Merged Activities”

All teachers, particularly those working in self-contained classrooms (grades kindergarten through six) are experiencing a shortage of time and an overage of curriculum. That’s because of pressures to teach basic skills to meet mandated progress goals (i.e. Adequate Yearly Progress or AYP) in specified categories, while trying to incorporate other subjects long considered important to quality student learning. Many building and district leaders suggest that teachers integrate subject matter to kill …Read More