It's never too late to learn, even if it means unlearning years of damaging educational dogma set forth to establish compliance rather than academic achievement. Let's start the new dialogue that opens the conversation up to new ideas about what education should look like in the 21st century.
September 2014 Archives
Sometimes the best person to tell us what they know is the student who has done the learning. Too often in our profession we empower the wrong people and establish a misunderstanding about what students know and can do. This is why we must teach kids to self-assess against standards, defend their assessment and then accept it as a way to help kids.
It's easy to allow other daily activities to take precedence, as the burden of the days grow longer and the incessant call for data increases. But what good is all that information, if the people it's supposed to serve aren't really getting what they need... our attention? As educators, we always have to put the students' needs first.
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.
The vertical team of English teachers are ready to go, 6th-12th grade teachers lined up with syllabi in hand excited to make connections with parents. The room fills up with parents and we start to introduce ourselves. After each teacher has briefly said hello, we split the room up into grade levels for parents to get more personal and specific attention. As our guests filter to the appropriate teacher, I sit eagerly, smile wide on my face, a neat pile of syllabi waiting to be shared. Sitting next to me are my 11th and 12th grade teaching colleagues also waiting ...
Switching over to standards based grading or no grading at all in a system that values the grade above all else can be a daunting endeavor, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't attempt it. After two weeks of school, the conversation has shifted in my classroom and I'm eager to continue my work with throwing out grades altogether.
It's time for a change in education. Pedagogy needs to shift. Technology needs to be integrated. Kids need to be in control of their own learning. Are you ready for the change that needs to come? How will you contribute to the cause?
Balancing our personal schedules with returning to school is challenging after summer break. Read on to learn some tips to help keep you feeling prepared to be the best version of yourself at work by making time for yourself as you adjust to the school routine.
Twitter isn't for you? Why not? Among the many uses of Twitter, why not set up a class hashtag to help include parents in your classroom conversation.
What does your learning environment say about your classes? Learn how to develop a space that encourages learning for all learners and communicates enthusiasm without words.
How long have you known you wanted to be an educator? Have you been able to mark your progress in the field by certain benchmarks in your career? Sometimes we fear moving backward, but really progress is slow. Read on to learn how to acknowledge the growth.
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.
How will you start the new year? What did your first day look like? Engage in a discussion about the promise of a new year and how to keep teaching fresh, always testing our beliefs.