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January 23, 2015

"What Do I Have to Do to Pass?"

Students need to be taught to start valuing their learning and not the grade. Too often we waste our time fighting over missing work or arguing over the grades "we give" our students. But if there could be an alternative?

January 07, 2015

Observations About Fear of Change

In a perfect world, teachers would all model the growth mindset and fearlessly learn new things to share with students. Some do, unfortunately not enough.

January 02, 2015

Help Students Out of Their Comfort Zones

With each new experience comes a certain amount of risk and as educators, we need to encourage students to bravely take them. Success may take time, but taking that first step is the hardest. How do you inspire kids to take the leap?

December 31, 2014

What I Wish I Knew As A New Teacher

What advice would you give your first year self? Here are some of the things I wish I knew when I started.

December 29, 2014

Top 5 Posts About Grading in 2014

What were your favorite posts about grading this year? What did you learn? Will you be throwing out grades in 2015?

December 26, 2014

Diverse Definitions of Learning by Educators

How do you define learning? How does that definition color the way you teach? Consider your thoughts as you hear what other educators say on the topic.

December 24, 2014

What is Learning to Students?

Ever wonder how students define learning? After thinking about the idea a lot, I figured it was time to ask them. Read on to hear what they said.

December 08, 2014

No, You Can't Do 'Extra Credit'

Extra credit has no place in a mastery classroom. We must shift the conversation once again to learning instead of points.

November 24, 2014

No One Said Shifting a Mindset Was Easy

Change is challenging regardless of what the change is. We should never change for the sake of it, so if it's worth the effort, then every possible energy must be given to making the shift happen as it is in the interest of students.

November 21, 2014

Parents React to a Classroom Without Grades

How do parents feel about giving up grades? Read here to find out tips and reactions from parents.

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