If we are to reform education, we need to start with empowering teachers. Consider rethinking professional development so that teachers can engage in inquiry projects.
Whiplash portrays an over-zealous music teacher's attempts to push students to greatness. With all of the competition in the world today, how can we foster student achievement without creating emotional distress in our students?
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.
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