Academic research can be frustrating, but we must expose students to the library before they get to college to ensure success.


What happens when the message of your post is overshadowed by a discussion that forms from within it? Rather than dwell on the negative try to engage in a dialogue to move the conversation forward.


Being a parent has softened me in all of the right ways as far as my teaching is concerned. How has becoming a parent changed the way you teach?


Teaching isn't just a job to an educator, it's a calling. It's passion and commitment and a desire to amplify the voices and dreams of the many children whose lives touch them as much as the educator touches theirs. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week


To shift grading mindsets, it's important include students in the conversation about their grades.


Effective communication is a skill required in life, but not everyone is cut out to be an author. The qualities embedded in the writing process, however, are ones we all strive to use in our lives: tenacity, clarity, honesty, creativity to name a few


This is a shout out to any teacher who knows a tool worth sharing. Please take the time to share your favorite tools


As we plan our classes for students, we must consider their role in the learning. What are we putting in their hands and how can we do it as often as possible? All of school should be elective.


Teachers can learn a lot from asking students to reflect and self-assess against the standards and we do the students and ourselves a disservice by not making it an expectation. Perhaps writing a reflection like this isn't appropriate for every class, maybe a video or voice recording would be better. Know your students and differentiate and scaffold reflections to best suit their individual needs.


Students will love the idea of being in charge of their learning for the most part, but they may not be ready to do it on their own. So you will need to scaffold the experience until they can do it successfully by themselves. Be aware that you may encounter students who aren't interested in these kinds of freedoms. Often times, honor students want to be told what to do so they know how to get the grade they want. If time is spent de-emphasizing the importance of grades, this can start to shift as well.


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