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.
Recently, the Atlanta, Georgia cheating scandal has been in the news as many of the people involved have been convicted, and incredibly sent to prison. This is insane. I thought prison was a place for people who were dangerous or who committed some serious crime.
Getting the right teaching job can be a challenge. Because many teachers are eager to work, they take the first job that is offered. This may not always be advantageous to the school or the person. It's more than just getting a yes, it's getting the right yes that can make or break a career.