On Reading and Rereading

I’m an inveterate rereader. Sometimes I think I shouldn’t be–that there are so many books in the world that I haven’t read, so what is the point of rereading books that I’ve read not just once but many, many times? Because there’s a lot left to learn, because it’s fun, because these books are not quite […]

The Pineapple in the Room

Thanks to Carmen at Anonymous Testing Company, Bob Debris (photographer extraordinaire and collector of all manner of news, from ridiculous to sublime), and a friend who’d prefer to remain anonymous and who works at Great Big Huge Test Publishing Company, I’ve been apprised of The Pineapple Debacle. [Thank you, Wikipedia, for the stunning portrait of […]

Bittersweet

The discovery of a new joy is sometimes accompanied by a sense of regret for what I’ve lost by not having discovered it sooner. When I began studying with Mr. Mudrick, I knew that I had missed a lot of what had come before. As little as I knew of anything — my ignorance was […]

Friday Reading Lists

Busy day ahead, so I just stopped in to offer some read-aloud possibilities. Here are some poems, selected haphazardly but that I like a lot: “A Song to David” by Christopher Smart “Love” by Czeslaw Milosz “Morning” by Mary Oliver “On His Blindness” by John Milton “The World Is Too Much with Us” by William […]

File Under: All Roads Lead to Rome, Cross-Referenced to Mandatory Reading

The book every K-12 content developer–assessment and curriculum–should read is Tested: One American School Struggles to Make the Grade, which was recommended to me by a colleague and likeminded comrade in quality assessment content development, Carmen, a senior level genius expert at Anonymous Testing Company.To say that the tests administered yearly at grades 3-8 (inclusive) […]