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March 04, 2015

What If Education Honored Students' Individuality ...

Instead of trying to treat kids the exact same way. As standardized testing became the norm, an unfortunate byproduct was the loss of student individuality. If we strive to normalize the way we teach and assess kids, we lose an inherent component that makes learning unique and interesting. The fun i...

February 16, 2015

A Better Way to Report Learning

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?

February 02, 2015

Whiplash: Rethinking What It Takes to Make Greatness

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?

January 23, 2015

"What Do I Have to Do to Pass?"

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?

January 21, 2015

How Eliminating Grades Changed Everything in My Classroom

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."

January 09, 2015

Inspiring Authentic Learning

With the educational landscape changing, we must empower students with the power and tools of inquiry creating many opportunities for authentic learning experiences. How can we do that, you ask? Keep reading...

January 02, 2015

Help Students Out of Their Comfort Zones

With each new experience comes a certain amount of risk and as educators, we need to encourage students to bravely take them. Success may take time, but taking that first step is the hardest. How do you inspire kids to take the leap?

December 24, 2014

What is Learning to Students?

Ever wonder how students define learning? After thinking about the idea a lot, I figured it was time to ask them. Read on to hear what they said.

December 10, 2014

Amazing Student Candor

Students say the best things... we just have to make sure we're listening. What are your kids saying?

December 08, 2014

No, You Can't Do 'Extra Credit'

Extra credit has no place in a mastery classroom. We must shift the conversation once again to learning instead of points.

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