Dominate the Vocab—Know your Prefixes, Suffixes, and Word Roots!

One of the first things I ask my students at the beginning of a new semester is, “Who here loves to memorize definitions?” I quickly follow that up with, “If you just raised your hand, you’re a liar. No one likes memorizing definitions.” They laugh, of course, and then I follow it up with the … Continue reading Dominate the Vocab—Know your Prefixes, Suffixes, and Word Roots!

The Intent and Spirit of Collaborative Conferencing

Have educators achieved all that was intended from the passing of the Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act of 2011 (PECCA) and the required training?  No.  And it is time to assess our progress and adjust the legislation. Let’s examine TCA § 49-5-601 which contains the statement of purpose for PECCA.  First, PECCA is about education, … Continue reading The Intent and Spirit of Collaborative Conferencing

Why Change?

This is a question we could ask ourselves almost daily, on any given topic. But before we consider the reasons, let’s take it back to the beginning. When you bring home your newborn infant, do you expect that precious bundle to remain the same for all time? Would that even be a consideration? Of course … Continue reading Why Change?

Statement on TN Ready Assessment Results

We view assessment of students much like a school picture. It may not be an accurate depiction, but it is what the student looks like on that day. Our position at Professional Educators of Tennessee has always been that the fewer tests administered to students would equal less disruptions for students and teachers. We have … Continue reading Statement on TN Ready Assessment Results

Personalized Learning: You’re Still the Teacher!

Of all the current buzzwords in education, the one I am hearing the most now is “personalized learning.” It’s one I can get on board with because I was doing it before it became a thing. As a kindergarten teacher, I have been running four or five reading groups on four or five different levels … Continue reading Personalized Learning: You’re Still the Teacher!