Test Prep

From the Desk of Hope… Anxious. Frustrated. Unmotivated. Worried. These are all adjectives that describe the behaviors I see in some lessons centered around test preparation. Teachers feel tremendous pressure to prepare students for high stakes tests. In response they spend considerable time (sometimes months) before the test on test-like items and teaching test-taking strategies. …Continue reading

The Lee Profile

From the desk of Hope…. While working at ERG this summer, I received a phone call from a parent who sounded nervous about calling our office. She spoke in a whisper, and her voice was shaky. The reason for the call was unclear to me for about the first five minutes of our conversation. Finally, …Continue reading

Don’t React-Respond

From the desk of Hope… A friend of mine recently recommended the book Quiet Strength by  Coach Tony Dungy. Coach Dungy is well-known for being the first African-American football coach to lead a team to a super bowl victory (Indianapolis Colts 2007). He is also well-known for being a great teacher. Throughout his book he …Continue reading

Reading the Baseball Game

From the desk of Hope…. My husband, Ron, and I went to a minor league baseball game last week. What a nice night it was – clear sky, 85 degrees and low humidity. Our local team, The Winston-Salem Dash, is not very good but the stadium is absolutely beautiful so we find going to the …Continue reading

Topping the Top 5

As I worked on multiple ideas this week for our growing audience, I kept getting tangled up on what would really be a timely topic to share with you this week.  Should we jump into the testing arena?  Should I share some cool resources I have found in my reading?  Should we plan a party …Continue reading

Rough Draft

Well ERG fans, here it is. The inaugural blog post for ERG. This is one of those things I have talked about and thought about and am giving it a try as of today. This is our blogging rough draft moment. I want this space to be a place for ideas, conversations, and all thinking …Continue reading