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June 17, 2018

Make Learning For and About Those We Teach

The lens through which we approach teaching defines so much of how success will look. It's time we invite students into this conversation.

June 12, 2018

Student-Powered Events Empower More Than Classroom Learning

Guest blogger Samuel Williams of Curtis High School in Staten Island shares how students can do extraordinary things when they are empowered to run school events. Read on to see what success can look like in this school and maybe in yours.

June 10, 2018

It's Time to End Mandated Summer Assignments

Let's spend more time in school promoting a culture of curiosity and learning that transcends school, not because we want to grade kids on it or give them extra credit or punish them for not doing it, but because learning for the sake of learning is its own reward. We can foster a love of reading in so many different ways.

June 05, 2018

Helping Students Make Reading Predictions

By Jackie Andrejko and Starr Sackstein Peeking into the room, I see students attentively gathered on the rug, sitting before their teacher who is animated while she explains the activity they are about to start. Students eagerly wait for the cue to get up and move to their stations. They have small,...

June 01, 2018

The Power of Silence: Use Wait Time to Increase Student Thinking

All students learn at a different pace and we need to honor the time it takes for all students to participate and engage with the learning in a way that makes sense to each of them. Let's try not to unintentionally take that opportunity away from them.

May 27, 2018

Know and Embody Your Educational Philosophy

Guest Post by Barbara Silkes George Matthew Adams, a popular newspaper columnist at the turn of the 19th century, once said,  "Every one of us, unconsciously, works out a personal philosophy of life, by which we are guided, inspired, and corrected, as time goes on. It is this philosophy by which...

May 24, 2018

Want to Give Up Grades? Here's How You Can Get Buy-in

As we consider what is best for students, we must remember that they are more than a number. Let's provide them with the feedback they need to progress, the language they need to reflect on learning and the strategies to keep growing.

May 22, 2018

How You Communicate With Learners Is Key to Their Success

There are many ways to communicate learning with students. Whether providing comments on Google docs, sending Voxes or short videos, teachers have many means to effectively communicate with their learners. We need to know our students well enough to select the best means for each one. Know how your students like to hear feedback and then do your best to provide it in that manner.

May 18, 2018

On Being a Reflective Educator

Being an educator requires constant reflection. Every choice and action should be transparent and thoughtful and connected to the district-wide goals. Accessing my strengths, focusing my energy on being attentive to the needs of those on our team is essential for my continued growth as an educator and person. So I'm just going to keep pushing, keeping the big picture in mind without allowing the daily minutia to get me down. We simply can't sweat the small stuff, just keep moving forward.

May 15, 2018

Great Leadership Is Like Gardening

It takes time to grow a garden and to build a team. This year, I wasn't sure that I had made any impact, but now over time, the changes are starting to happen. So lets plant seeds and do whatever it takes to ensure their growth.

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