Category Archives: RPM Objectives

PARCC Prep: Research Simulation Task Writing Lesson Cycle

I’ve been working with colleagues in the field on an UPDATED lesson cycle for history/social studies/science teachers who are trying to prepare their students for the PARCC Research Simulation Task. (PS: I have previously blogged about teaching the RST here … Continue reading

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Professional Development Ideas to Support Literacy Instruction

This has been a particularly challenging year in our field. As teachers and school leaders continue to wrestle with how best to prepare students to meet and exceed the Common Core Standards, I would like to humbly submit some professional … Continue reading

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UPCOMING PRESENTATION: “Our Students Are Struggling: Now What?”

I am pleased to report that I will present a workshop on “Our Students Are Struggling: Now What?” at the NJ Charter Schools Annual Conference on March 30, 2015 at Bally’s in Atlantic City. For registration details, click here. Many … Continue reading

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Revisiting RPM Objectives*: Make Sure the Purpose Is Relevant

[Following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, Literacy and the Common Core: Recipes for Action (Jossey-Bass, 2014).] One day I observed a social studies teacher who tried to sell students on the value of studying geographical regions with the pitch: … Continue reading

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RPM Objectives: Why Not “RPMS”?

I was halfway through delivering a workshop on RPM objectives one day when a very smart teacher in the audience raised her hand and said, “Shouldn’t it be ‘RPM…S’?  We keep talking about how the objectives need to be specific.  … Continue reading

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RPM Objectives: A Few More Hints about “R” and “P”

One way to think about RPM (Rigorous, Purposeful, Measurable) objectives is to ask yourself, “WHAT strategies are we practicing, and WHY?”  PS–This is not to say that you shouldn’t also consider how to measure the WHAT, but as you begin … Continue reading

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RPM Objectives: Why “In Order To”?

While working on RPM objectives the other day, a teacher asked me if it was OK to use “by” instead of “in order to” to convey the purpose. Here is what I told her: The word “by” answers the question … Continue reading

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RPM Objectives: A Few Hints about Rigor

In an earlier post, we looked at why and how to create RPM (Rigorous, Purposeful, Measurable) objectives.  While it makes a lot of sense to teach with RPM objectives, it can be challenging when you first start to develop them.  … Continue reading

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RPM Objectives, Or How to Avoid Kidnapping Your Students

If you walked into your classroom and told all of your students to stand up, follow you, and get on a bus without telling them where you were going or how long it would take to arrive, they might look … Continue reading

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