Who are the biggest naysayers in your educational community? At the heart of all conflict is an inherent misunderstanding about situations. So start a dialogue with folks in your community about the possibility of giving up grades? It takes a village.
January 2015 Archives
Education is in need of some changes. If we eliminate grades, we make room for many important shifts that must occur in our current climate. It's time to shift the mindset; teachers, throw out grades.
Screencasting is a way for students to present learning when they don't want to be on video. Using the computer and their voice, they are able to create tutorials to show what they know and so can teacher. Check it out.
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?
Grades are just a math game. This is what I told students many years ago. "If you know how to work the numbers, you can get a good grade."
Educational grit is just a fancy way of saying resilience. Teaching students to develop stamina as learners is as important as the content we teach. What are your tips for fostering perseverance in our students?
Education should be free instead of providing a privileged few the right to learn. President Obama has taken a step in the right direction offering community college for all.
If your classes get into a rut, maybe it's time to shake things up with furniture change. Sometimes it can be as easy as changing what's on the walls or rearranging the furniture in an effort to inspire students. Read on to see how changing the scenery
How do you deal with the bad days as a teacher? They happen (although we don't like to talk about it), how can you turn a negative into a positive?
With the educational landscape changing, we must empower students with the power and tools of inquiry creating many opportunities for authentic learning experiences. How can we do that, you ask? Keep reading...
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.
What will you do to empower your students? What does that look like in your own spaces?
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?