Shifting the mindset on long held educational values is tough, but that doesn't mean we should give up. Teachers must model perseverance and repeat as much as needed til the important messages are heard.
Why not let our students teach some of the content? Learn how to integrate technology with research and ask kids to make tutorials to assist in their own learning.
Ever feel like the risks you take aren't helping to move forward?
Admitting you don't know can be a liberating revelation and an opportunity to show students the power of learning and humility. Why miss out on that modeling, teaching moment?
It's never too late to learn, even if it means unlearning years of damaging educational dogma set forth to establish compliance rather than academic achievement. Let's start the new dialogue that opens the conversation up to new ideas about what education should look like in the 21st century.
Sometimes the best person to tell us what they know is the student who has done the learning. Too often in our profession we empower the wrong people and establish a misunderstanding about what students know and can do. This is why we must teach kids to self-assess against standards, defend their assessment and then accept it as a way to help kids.
It's easy to allow other daily activities to take precedence, as the burden of the days grow longer and the incessant call for data increases. But what good is all that information, if the people it's supposed to serve aren't really getting what they need... our attention? As educators, we always have to put the students' needs first.
Teaching reflection is necessary for teachers of all ages. Students learn the valuable lesson of assessing themselves against standards which makes tracking their growth possible. Read on to learn one way to teach students to do this.
The vertical team of English teachers are ready to go, 6th-12th grade teachers lined up with syllabi in hand excited to make connections with parents. The room fills up with parents and we start to introduce ourselves. After each teacher has briefly said hello, we split the room up into grade levels for parents to get more personal and specific attention. As our guests filter to the appropriate teacher, I sit eagerly, smile wide on my face, a neat pile of syllabi waiting to be shared. Sitting next to me are my 11th and 12th grade teaching colleagues also waiting ...
Switching over to standards based grading or no grading at all in a system that values the grade above all else can be a daunting endeavor, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't attempt it. After two weeks of school, the conversation has shifted in my classroom and I'm eager to continue my work with throwing out grades altogether.