Rewarding Learning with Badges

Digital Badges Forum for Pittsburgh Employers 2015 from Sprout on Vimeo. There's a great writeup today on the Remake Learning blog about Digital Badges and their potential to unlock opportunities for youth. As I've said elsewhere, I'm especially drawn to digital badges' potential to recognize and reward learning with something more nuanced than a letter … Continue reading Rewarding Learning with Badges


Against the Anonymous Internet

When I joined Facebook in fall 2004 ("back in my day, when it was just at some colleges..."), one of the things that seemed most revolutionary about the site was that people were using their real names. To that point, the main online identity I'd had was the AOL Instant Messenger screen name I chose in … Continue reading Against the Anonymous Internet

Two great reads on the teaching profession

I've launched headlong into my 2015 Goodreads Challenge of reading 52 books in 2015. So far, I'm on a roll: I'm four days in and I've already finished two books! Of course, my highly developed sense of guilt won't let me feel too proud about that: I grabbed these books from the library on my way … Continue reading Two great reads on the teaching profession

From WBUR’s Here and Now: “I’m not stupid. I’m dyslexic.”

I heard a great story this afternoon on WBUR's Here and Now program on the state of research and intervention for students with dyslexia. Things I loved: this story featured kids' voices, and these wise, seasoned students talked about how tough it is to grow up a dyslexic reader. Also encouraging was the latest-greatest research … Continue reading From WBUR’s Here and Now: “I’m not stupid. I’m dyslexic.”

Link Round-Up: Changes to the SAT

The details of the changes to the SAT have come out over the last week, and they're fascinating. You can read the official release on the College Board website here. There's an increased focus on "real-world" problems and less focus on the so-called "SAT words" that led students to study sometimes obscure (but often pretty valuable) … Continue reading Link Round-Up: Changes to the SAT

Should Students Choose?

Happy new year! Over the holiday break, one of my colleagues sent out a clutch of links followed by a thought-provoking question: Below are a few articles related to my new quandary as an English teacher: Should students choose their own books?  I struggle with forcing a student to read.  I know it too often … Continue reading Should Students Choose?

New Book Alert: The App Generation

I'm listening this afternoon to a talk from the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Askwith Forum, its ongoing speaker series with leaders in education research. Tonight's talk is from Dr. Howard Gardner and Dr. Katie Davis about their new book, The App Generation. According to the Askwith Forum website, the book is a look at … Continue reading New Book Alert: The App Generation

On why I’m Sheryl Sandberg’s latest fan

The good news about getting most of your books through the public library is that you spend almost no money on your voracious reading habit. The bad news is that you often have to wait months to get your hands on a popular new title. That being said, I've finally moved up from number 326 … Continue reading On why I’m Sheryl Sandberg’s latest fan

Being a smart consumer: Questions to ask about LD Therapies

I once had a well-meaning person ask me to take a color laser printer off her hands. "You need this," she said. "for when you need to print things in different colors for the kids with dyslexia, right?" It's unclear where this person got the sense that printing text in another color would "fix it" … Continue reading Being a smart consumer: Questions to ask about LD Therapies