Making the Most Out of Minis

In our state, there are benchmarks, and there are mini-benchmarks. The Benchmarks are given in the fall and winter to evaluate student progress before the state test in April. The “Mini Benchmarks” (or minis) are 5 question assessments that are related to one particular standard. Having been in 3 districts, I’ve seen the benchmarks implemented […]

Falling in Love

One of the most exciting moments that a teacher can witness is watching a student fall in love with literature. Not the puppy love of a student reading popular novels like Twilight or even The Hunger Games, which are easily consumed and digested. The teenage obsession over vampires, werewolves and attractive young actors is a short-lived phase. […]