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March 13, 2016

President Obama Is Serious About Coding for Everyone, We Should Be too

The purpose of the president's "Computer Science for All" initiative is not to flood the market with more unemployed Ph.D graduates, but to democratize what he (and many "true believers") see as a fundamental skill that will continue to influence all fields.

February 14, 2016

Shifting the Grading Mindset Starts With Our Words

Think about the words you use in class. Which ones can have potentially negative connotations and how can they be adjusted for a growth mindset? Remember, words matter.

January 28, 2016

Testing: An Unfortunate Roadblock In Student Learning

If we want students to apply their knowledge to a new task that shows their ability to use the skills they've learned, why does that have to take the form of written timed tests over a two week period for every class they are taking?

January 26, 2016

Overcoming the Pressure to Test

If we spent time in school preparing students to be good learners, able to think critically and apply skills across content, then they'd be successful when they got to college, at least more successful. Learners need time to tinker with a problem and figure stuff out, there is no time limit on that and every learner does it differently and at a different pace.

January 19, 2016

The Perils of Late Work and How to Make It Count

What do you do when a student chronically turns work in late, doesn't even try to get it in on time, at least it seems that way and you want to correct the situation without letting the kid "off the hook"?

January 12, 2016

Conduct Conferences During Class Time

Once the conferences have been completed, there are no surprises come report card time. Students know what is going on and so do parents. These conversations keep learning transparent and progress is always in the open. Making sure that students understand where their mastery level is and what needs improvement ensures continued growth and focus in the upcoming term; it also helps us differentiate better.

December 31, 2015

My #Oneword For 2016 is Metamorphosis

Start your new year with a new #oneword that will chart the course for the future. What will your #oneword be for 2016? Mine is metamorphosis.

December 06, 2015

Teaching Students to Craft Engaging Introductory Paragraphs

Read the first part in a mini-series about crafting literature analysis papers. This post specifically addresses writing engaging and thoughtful introductory paragraphs that move away from mere summary and embrace the writer's voice.

December 01, 2015

Reviewing Student Work to Norm Departmental Expectations

Norming expectations around student learning is essential to being able to take data and use it on a bigger level to ensure progress as a school. If all stakeholders understand what success looks like and we have examples to point students and teachers too, the outcome can only be better

October 29, 2015

Strive To Be What Is Expected

The best ways to get students to take risks is by modeling what that looks like, unafraid of the potential failure. The most important gift we can share with students is the transparency of our choices and how to bounce back from the missteps.

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