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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation

This week Cat and I have been attending a 3-day teaching training workshop put on by Pearson Education. The workshop concerns how to use "performance assessment" in teaching students the new Common Core Standards for education that the state of Oklahoma will implement in a couple of years.

Performance assessments are a way of determining if our students are "learning by doing."  We are learning about the Common Core Standards by analyzing the standards, developing lessons and creating performance rubrics.

So what do teacher do on their summer "vacation"?  We go to school!

Suzy Page,our excellent workshop leader
Some of our work during the workshop
Some of the other teachers at the workshop
A workshop discussion (showing the back of my wife's head)
Suzy Page makes a point

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