This year's graduation wasn't as tear-filled as years past, but seeing students I've taught for three years find their way across our stage felt momentous. All dressed up, grown up and off to college, the students threw their confetti and eagerly said their goodbyes. I always get a preview to graduation. Being the AP literature and composition teacher means that both the Valedictorian and the Salutatorian are in my class and they will need help with their speeches. In usual senior manner, the two of my students this year waited until the last minute and I was charged with helping ...
June 2015 Archives
Which movies about teaching have really made an impact on you and why?
Caution! Read this post only if you care to dream about possibilities... Dare not think about all that can't be done, but rather how we can move toward what can. If we can think it, we can do it. Enter at your own risk.
Dads can be crazy and why shouldn't they be, raising kids is hard work while trying to grow up themselves. Why not give a shout out to the men in your life who have served as fathers or father figures and made a special impact?
Schools are built on relationships and when they don't start off well, it can make for challenging and often adversarial times.
Here are some takeaways before the doors close and the lights go out on the 2014-15 school year
The real world is a place we exist in all the time unless we are down the rabbit hole with Alice. So treat the learning experience in school like it matters.
Empowered kids are engaged kids and allowing students to be in charge of their learning and assessment promotes growth and self-efficacy in ways that teacher provided grades never will.
You might be wondering if students are capable of grading themselves after a year worth of work. You may be asking if they can objectively review their growth and then take all of their understanding of mastery and parlay it into a letter grade that suits the old system... well they can.
Guest blogger Ernie Rambo shares her joy of reinventing the wheel for the benefit of each year's kids. Do you think we need to reinvent the wheel? Consider this.
What moments will you remember from the many students who have shared their memories with you, even if only tangentially?
What happens when the teacher makes a mistake? Rather than publicly shame herself, she turns it into a learning opportunity, just as she would with her students.