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If you are a teacher, you know what I mean. We are always sifting through stacks: stacks of papers to be graded, stacks of papers to be returned, stacks of writers notebooks, stacks of novels, digital stacks of emails, stacks of IEPs and TST paperwork, stacks of data and standardized test reports, stacks of professional development ideas that sometimes, well, get lost in the stacks.

With all the stacks that infiltrate our profession on a daily basis, it is easy for us to lose focus of what matters most: the students. Despite the demands of our state standards and assessments, we have to be mindful of the diversities, disparities, experiences, and attitudes of the students who walk into our classroom daily.

As educators, it is time to grab your pedagogical sieve; let’s start sifting!