Teachers can learn a lot from watching kids play ball. We can't control kids, we can only nurture their talents. This is the same in the classroom. Read on to hear how being a baseball mom has helped my teaching.
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August 20, 2015
July 29, 2015
People asked about non-academic skills that are often mixed up in assessing achievement. Consider the following tips when helping students learn about punctuality, organization, time management and creativity.
July 27, 2015
Do you use rubrics? How effective are they? Read on to learn how to develop rubrics that can be useful to students if they are going to be used.
July 12, 2015
It's time to take the no-grades policy school wide, are you ready? Read on to see the plan.
June 28, 2015
This year's graduation wasn't as tear-filled as years past, but seeing students I've taught for three years find their way across our stage felt momentous. All dressed up, grown up and off to college, the students threw their confetti and eagerly said their goodbyes. I always get a preview to gradua...
June 11, 2015
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.
June 09, 2015
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.
June 04, 2015
What moments will you remember from the many students who have shared their memories with you, even if only tangentially?
May 21, 2015
Honor roll and other merit based recognition doesn't serve a school community well. Instead, it further segregates students and perpetuates the myth that grades help to communicate academic success. What if schools focused more on the collaborative and less on the competition?
May 07, 2015
Do you experience "teacher guilt"? Here are some practical things to practice in order to diminish the terrible feeling.