Read an interesting piece here in “Seven Bricks to Lay the Foundation for Productive Difficult Dialogues

Read “18 Behaviors of Emotionally Intelligent People” at for an excellent list

Great classroom tool for formative assessments!


A Google Chrome tool.  Excerpt from publication at



Newsela takes stories from current events, with a wide range of topics, and transcribes them in five different Lexile levels. Stories range from around 530L (approximately 3rd-4th grade reading level) to well over 1200L (upper middle school and high school level) on the Lexile framework. This is a fantastic resource for Social Studies, English Language Arts, and Elective courses where students can participate in discussions after reading content catered to them. Students’ reading assignments never have a Lexile number shown next to them, which lessens the stigma of a student reading below grade level. Pro-level accounts block advertisements and give the teacher some extra data and reports, but most users I know opt to use the free account.


Find the right Lexile level for your students can help guide instruction, and can help them select books that are in their Independent and Instructional levels. I don’t deny requests to read books above or below their levels, but I do caution them that they may be too difficult (or easy). My students take a Lexile test around six times a year, and it’s great data to have to measure reading progress, as well as to send home to students! If you are not familiar with Lexile levels, you can find more information here.

Take action: Newsela is available for free in the Apple App Store and theChrome Web Store.


Image  —  Posted: March 25, 2016 by broadyesl in STEM, Uncategorized

Active Listening in the Workplace

Posted: March 25, 2016 by broadyesl in leadership, Uncategorized

It yields great returns.  What is it, though? Read “Why Leaders Who Listen Achieve Breakthroughs”

Here are some ideas proposed in the text:

  • Slow down
  • Create a safe space
  • Ask inviting questions
  • Listen with a willingness to be influenced
  • Use reflection to deepen the learning
  • Summarize and ask for commitment