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October 09, 2014

The Goal of Education is BECOMING (Not Learning)

The real goal of education and school is NOT learning, it's BECOMING a good, capable and world-improving person. Learning is but a means to becoming — and we shouldn't confuse the means with the goal.

October 01, 2014

I Don't Know and Other Teacher Truths

Admitting you don't know can be a liberating revelation and an opportunity to show students the power of learning and humility. Why miss out on that modeling, teaching moment?

September 22, 2014

Teaching Reflection in Steps

Teaching reflection is necessary for teachers of all ages. Students learn the valuable lesson of assessing themselves against standards which makes tracking their growth possible. Read on to learn one way to teach students to do this.

September 15, 2014

Homework in Elementary School Divides Educators

Only one school in Chicago has taken advantage of a district rule that allows banning homework.

September 03, 2014

Changing the Conversation: Grades vs. Learning

Ever wonder if the grading was the best way to handle communication about student achievement? Consider the system we currently use and ask yourself, is this the best we can do? Read on for another option that my just work better.

September 02, 2014

Want Your Students Engaged? Gaming Holds Some Answers

Why not look past our beliefs that games are about shooting, killing, and other bad things, and allow ourselves to become jealous of the success games are enjoying while teaching children and adults alike how to research, learn, fail, succeed, teach, communicate, and graduate (level up) to new frontiers?

August 29, 2014

A Work in Progress

What is your teaching masterpiece? When you started teaching, what did you think the perfect teacher was? Has it changed? Read Amy Smith's version of a masterpiece and consider what changes you've undergone.

August 27, 2014

Laptop Note-Taking: External Brain-Booster or Memory Drain?

Students write less but remember more concepts when they take notes by hand, a new study finds.

August 20, 2014

Teaching Students to Understand Standards

What good are standards if students don't understand them? Students need to understand the expectations, in a language that makes sense to them, so why not have them rewrite them?

August 19, 2014

How Next-Gen Learning Boosts Rigor, Relevance and Relationships

Innovations in learning are creating more of a good thing and supporting great learning environments for students and teachers.

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