Proof That Writing Rubrics in Oklahoma Are Designed to Fail Your Kids

I’ve been an English teacher for over 20 years. I know how to teach students to write essays. It is in my blood. I can usually take any student from a mediocre writer or a poor writer to a functional writer. I have worked in districts with zero vertical team and a micromanaging vertical team.Continue reading “Proof That Writing Rubrics in Oklahoma Are Designed to Fail Your Kids”

Oklahoma State Educators Rally at the Capital

Today was historic, at least I hope it was.  If it was not, then next time we will get 50,000 educators, parents and administrators to rally at the capital.  Let’s hope they listened to us. As I write this, Oklahoma is 48th in the nation in average pupil funding, 49th in teacher pay.  We areContinue reading “Oklahoma State Educators Rally at the Capital”

5 Things To Do With High School Students After the English EOI Test

It’s the end of the school year.  We have about two weeks left.  The students have finished end of instruction testing, and are beginning to act like squirrels with A.D.H.D.  School days are filled with activities like the seniors versus faculty basketball game, awards assemblies, choir trips, field trips and other things that take studentsContinue reading “5 Things To Do With High School Students After the English EOI Test”