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October 12, 2020

Editors note: This post provides a deeper look into the ideas of equity of opportunity, one of JumpRope’s Core Values.

The bedrock of effective instruction and assessment is the knowledge we have of our content, pedagogy, and our students. The three-way overlap formed by those intersecting spheres is the sweet spot we should all be seeking. Back in September,...

September 23, 2020

Editors note: This post provides a deeper look into the ideas of equity of opportunity, one of JumpRope’s Core Values.

As teachers, we get excited about the things we learn, new ideas we’re exposed to, and often, activities we find through reading and talking with colleagues. It’s tempting to incorporate those new ideas and activities into our practice, and s...

August 19, 2020

Whether during an initial setup meeting or in a frantic email, one question we hear frequently is, “How do I get my teachers some training on JumpRope?” Since we do sell in-person (when possible) or virtual training on our software, it may come as a surprise that our response is to suggest that any training time with teachers be focused on the “why” of stand...

August 12, 2020

Editor's note: Our “Unpacking” Series provides a deeper look into the ideas of transparency, one of JumpRope’s Core Values

In an effort to provide our readers with multiple perspectives, this post offers a look at how other authors might unpack standards to create actionable instructional and assessment targets. Unpacking Standards, Part 3 focused on the pr...

July 28, 2020

Editor's note: Our “Unpacking” Series provides a deeper look into the ideas of transparency, one of JumpRope’s Core Values

Know where to go; know how to get there. This is very good advice for any journey, including the metaphorical journey of teaching and learning. I am increasingly aware, though, that knowing these things in the abstract is very different...

July 15, 2020

Editor's note: Our “Unpacking” Series provides a deeper look into the ideas of transparency, one of JumpRope’s Core Values

Since the US started its journey to standards-based teaching and learning, national organizations and states have created, adopted, and revised academic standards documents to outline what students should know and be able to do upon lea...

July 9, 2020

Editor's Note:  This post first ran in January 2020. We are reposting it now to launch the 2020-2021 school year with a new series. The content in this post is Part 1 in the series.

Our “Unpacking” Series provides a deeper look into the ideas of transparency, one of JumpRope’s Core Values.

At JumpRope and in the field of education in general, we talk a lot abo...

April 30, 2020

Anyone following education posts and articles the past couple of weeks has surely noticed that schools around the U.S. are considering making course grades pass/fail for the time that schools have moved to at-home, remote learning due to COVID-19. Understandably, schools are motivated to make such a change out of concern for issues of equity and how to best...

April 9, 2020

Right about now, in many places, teachers are a couple of weeks into teaching remotely and supporting students’ learning. They are finding a groove with how to make contact with their students, be it email, video conferencing, phones or safe-distanced visits to homes. They are figuring out how to get assignments or activities out to their whole class in an a...

January 29, 2020

At JumpRope and in the field of education in general, we talk a lot about transparency. To me transparency means providing an unobstructed view or clear access, no hidden surprises or secrets. It’s a good goal to aim for in schools and classrooms. In Visible LearningJohn Hattie helps us see that teacher clarity, a facet of transparency, is among the most e...

December 12, 2019

Last month we shared a look back and a look ahead for JumpRope. Jesse and Justin spent some time talking with me about what they see as deeply relevant in JumpRope’s past and how they envision that past shaping our future. They detailed some things they hold firmly to, like a commitment to making learning more meaningful for students, new product development...

November 8, 2019

As we step firmly into our second decade of being JumpRope, we thought it would be good to look back at where we’ve been and also look forward to where we are going. Jesse shared in our June blog post some major product-based changes. The next step is to rebuild our web applications for administrators, teachers, and students. Some of that has already happene...

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