What advice would you give your first-year self? Here are some of the things I wish I knew when I started.
December 2014 Archives
What were your favorite posts about grading this year? What did you learn? Will you be throwing out grades in 2015?
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.
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.
How do you figure out each child's unique gifts? What do you do in your classes to foster and develop those gifts? What opportunities to give these students to share their gifts with others? Read on for some ideas.
Why ask kids to take a test when they can a make 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 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.
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.
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.
Students say the best things... we just have to make sure we're listening. What are your kids saying?
Extra credit has no place in a mastery classroom. We must shift the conversation once again to learning instead of points.
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.
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.
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?