Thursday, July 19, 2012

Irreducible Elements of Good Teaching?

If you had to make a list of 5 essential ingredients to look for in a lesson as an supervisor or evaluator, what would be on your short list?

In collaboration with my peers in a class on supervision with Kim Marshall my group came up with: 
  1. Feedback
  2. Environment
  3. Organization
  4. Expectations
  5. Enthusiasm
Kim Marshall's list was: (SOTEL)
  1. Safety
  2. Objectives
  3. Teaching
  4. Engagement
  5. Learning
Do you think there is a glaring oversight? Should something come off the list?  I liked Kim's safety since it included the comfort level and trust that the students and teacher have with each other to take risks and feel safe.  

My Best, 

Patrick Morrissey

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Sample Common Core Questions

Just read in the Marshall Memo about new Common Core problem sets released from the state of New York. Check them out here.

Here is a sample from a 3rd grade test using fraction and number lines. Not a quick one for an eight year old kid.



Monday, July 16, 2012


Working on a list of education-related acronyms that might be of interest. Feel free to suggest others.

CCR (College and Career Ready...not the Revival.)

LASW (Looking at Student Work)

OJT (On the job training)

ESE (Elementary and Secondary Education)

PWF (Principal Workload Factor)

PAR (Peer Assistance and Review)

NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Goodnight iPad

There is a really cute book out called Goodnight iPad. I read it the other day and it gave me pause.

I am working on fully integrating technology into my life, but having limits.

Q: What is a good email time cut off policy for a teacher or administrator after which she will not access school email.

For me the answer remains to be seen.

My Best,


Rigor: "Is school challenging enough?"

Check out this story from NCTM about the ease with which some students find math and school in general. Read story here

If you want a challenge, check out NCTM Math Problem of the Day

My Best,




Friday, July 13, 2012

My Core iPad Apps for Next Year...

Drop Box:
  • Filing Sharing App that will allow students to quickly view .pdfs for class.
  • A note taking app that allows handwriting and typing and best of all the merging of .pdfs.
  • A whiteboard app that will allow student to create their own screencasts.
You Tube: (not really an app, but in the core)
  • Where I will house my Screen Casts.
  • My educator account will allow my students to acces my bookmarked math web resouces, make highlights and comments on sticky notes that will be accessible to our class.
Twitter/Hoot Suite:
  • I will be using Twitter for professional purposes to connect with teachers from around the world and close to home. Hoot Suite is nice as it allows for monitoring of multiple Twitter Feeds such as #edchat, #cpchat, #autism, etc.

My First Ever Blog

July 13, 2012

Just set up a Diigo account for my students to use next year.  Diigo is an online bookmarking, highlighting, and list making program that is really easy to use on the iPad.

Here is my collection of Student Math Links...

Enjoy the beautiful sunshine.


p.s. Below is a Screen Shot of my Student Diigo page.