Feeling sick when you wake up in the morning, but you're afraid to miss what you've planned for the day? If it's a question of dragging your infectious body to school so kids don't miss out on learning or taking the time you need to heal, it's time to set up your classroom to run without you.
What is the function of a student report card? What does it seek to communicate? How effectively do most student report cards share information about individual student achievement? What if we rebranded our communication loop? What would that look like?
What is your leadership style? How do you know?
Each educator is motivated to teach for different reasons. What questions propel your journey as a learner and educator?
Consider how much students can gain from engaging their entire beings in the learning experience? Why not get kids out of their seats and exploring content through tableau, the art of still pictures to convey meaning.
Isn't it time we shifted control in our class discussions? Why can't kids be in charge of what gets considered and how? Teaching kids to facilitate their own class discussions provides an authentic opportunity for both speaking and listening where questioning is a natural outgrowth of personal curiosity and opinion.
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.