Creative Student Projects Synthesize Learning

Why ask kids to take a test when they can a movie and masterfully show synthesis of many skills and content at once? AP Literature and Composition students tasked with showing their knowledge of satire create short movies to tie in technology skills, writing skills and reading skills. Peers provide feedback.


Twitter for Professional Learning, Any Takers?

Twitter has finally made an appearance at Tech Monday at our professional development time. Trying to sell social media to a largely non-connected audience proved to be a challenge, but I'm not giving up.


"I Don't Know How to Start"

What happens when we provide choice only to overwhelm students? Too often, we think we're doing the "right" thing only to encounter student push back with the freedom we provide. Freedom can be scary, so let's demystify it for our kids.


Teaching Student Reporters to Live Tweet

Teach kids to tell stories in 140 characters or less. Imagine the power of concise communication while documenting special school events or every day life.


Amazing Student Candor

Students say the best things... we just have to make sure we're listening. What are your kids saying?


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.


Preparing for In-Class Student Conferences

In the "no-grades" classroom, student conversations about learning are a must. Whether formal (like this) or informal (in class briefly), students must be getting focused feedback all the time.


Are You Ready For the Lesson?

Patience and repetition go a long way in the classroom, far further than technology or gimmicks. If we want to reach all of our students, we have to realize that they won't all get it on the first pass.


Turning Feedback Into Progress

How effective is the feedback you provide? Can you track the progress of students based on that feedback? Too often, all the responsibility is placed on the teacher and therefore meaningful progress doesn't happen. How can we empower students to become accountable for their own progress based on the feedback provided?


You Don't Need to Be a Math Teacher to Understand Ratios

How can one person adequately provide 30 someones with what they need in any 40 minute period?


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