A Letter About My View on the Common Core Learning Standards [Because "Shut Up" Isn't Clear Enough]

Jose 5 Comments

Dear Reader, Frankly, this post shouldn’t matter. I’m a classroom teacher first and foremost, and am often in situations where I can readily embody what most of my colleagues believe about education and the teachers’ role in education reform. It’s a privilege at times to rub elbows with union leaders, well-known activists, and other thought leaders and sharpen those elbows …

Double Reading Rainbow

Creativity Is Almost Dead … and Non-Educators Want To Kill It

Jose 6 Comments

After posting a few crosswalk documents between the New York State math standards and The Common Core Standards on this site and at my place of employ, I’ve been very involved in understanding how these mandated national standards will transform our way of teaching students, and how we need to get parents and students involved in the education ecology. By …

Banksy Art, "Wall Art Swept Under The Rug"

To Pretend Perfection, Sinful; To Aspire Towards It, Divine

Jose 2 Comments

Today, I sat with some fellow math teachers across the district to further investigate the new Common Core Standards. We’re looking through the new standards, creating questions and analyzing tasks (while I intermittently joke about my CoCoLoCo theory). We’re churning up great ideas while the moderator’s doing his best to moderate a bunch of rowdy NYC math teachers and coaches. …