The Missing Piece for Educators and Supporters of Educational GrowthWelcome to The Missing Piece blog, created for educators and supporters of educators to come together to discuss educational topics. Topics range from challenges in the classroom, to political issues involving education, to resources for education, all the way to humor in the classroom. I believe we all have differing opinions and ideas of how education should look. All I ask is that we respect one another’s opinions and ideas, even if it is different than our own. Healthy debates are welcome, disrespect and personal attacks are not. This is a forum for us to come together and see what changes we can make within our own classrooms, schools, and communities that will make a small, maybe even large, difference. Let’s step out of our boxed in cubes, and be creative in changing education to be great for each individual!

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As our school starts to discuss what compartmentalizing is going to look like next year, I question how we can do it successfully. I don't doubt we can do it, and that we can do it well, but as we know in education, so many good ideas fail because they ...
This could not be truer, yet this is what the shift in education has come to. Instead of teaching for the future, more and more of teaching is to help students pass a test. Is there a balance? I believe yes.

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I received this book at my old school and found it to be a great resource for me, as a teacher AND a parent. Having a son after having two high-achieving daughters, had taught me an incredible amount about the differences between boys and girls. It has ...
We are in state testing time here in Colorado. As we test our scholars and children, the questions to ask is what are the benefits of state testing? Do we keep state testing? If we keep it, how can we improve it?

There are a lot of things about state ...
One of the ways I have effectively found to deal with my "fast finishers" is to create a challenge packet each week. My class works on a DOJO rewards system, and students get challenge points on DOJO, while they continue to practice past learned skills ...
We all know the term "differentiation". I think that all (or at least most of us) agree the differentiation is crucial to the success of our scholars. Yet most educators are the only on in the classroom. How do we differentiate with classes that many ...