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March 31, 2015

Still Not Convinced Grades Are Bad?

What are the purpose of grades? Do they actually function as they are supposed to? Perhaps it's time to reconsider how we communicate learning. What would that look like for you?

March 17, 2015

What If We Don't Have the Answers?

We all like to feel like we know, but honestly, we know that we don't. There is just too much out there and since the internet became a regular thing, we need to reconsider what we think knowledge is. So why not be okay with not knowing? Might be better to know who to find out.

March 16, 2015

What Does Successful Learning Look Like?

How do educators define success in their spaces and then how do they ensure that is has been achieved for every child?

March 15, 2015

The Impact of Passion and Dispassion on Living, Leading, Teaching, and Learning

When we as teachers and parents, coaches and mentors, are no longer learning, we're no longer teaching, because we've left behind the ability to role-model the art of discovery, the love of learning and being intellectually active.

February 23, 2015

I Teach for the Money...

In the current educational climate, many people might wonder why people still choose teaching as their profession. Despite the excessive testing and often negative impression of education, there is still very important work to be done. Read on to see why many educators teach.

February 16, 2015

A Better Way to Report Learning

What is the function of a student report card? What does it seek to communicate? How effectively do most student report cards share information about individual student achievement? What if we rebranded our communication loop? What would that look like?

February 02, 2015

Whiplash: Rethinking What It Takes to Make Greatness

Whiplash portrays an over-zealous music teacher's attempts to push students to greatness. With all of the competition in the world today, how can we foster student achievement without creating emotional distress in our students?

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?

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