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June 25, 2017

Five Things for Next Year

As every new year begins, so does the adventure. After you've had time to reflect on this past school year, what will be your five goals for next year?

June 20, 2017

Early Career Myth: If Students Don't Comply, They Aren't Learning

We sometimes mistake a student's attitude about compliance and authority with his/her ability to learn. By not focusing on the work (any or all products and proof of learning in our space), we fail the students by forcing them to jump through unnecessary hoops.

June 18, 2017

Minding the Middle Years of My Education Career

If you would have asked me at the beginning of my career where I saw myself in the future, I'm not sure I could have imagined being where I am now.

June 11, 2017

Reflections on a Year of Change

I have so much gratitude for the amazing educators in my life who help to inform my decisions. The people who listen when I call, who answer my tweets. Thank you. Your experience matters and it makes me better. What have you learned this year that you weren't expecting to learn? Please share

June 08, 2017

Teacher Accountability Should Not Be Tied to Testing

No single test can adequately show what a child knows and can do, therefore by the transitive property no single test can adequately show the impact one teacher has had on that student's learning. Read on to see why student exams shouldn't be used for teacher accountability and effectiveness.

June 06, 2017

#FinishStrong or Go Down Trying

Since school is really about relationships, finishing strong is as much about the content as it is about the personal growth. Let's focus on the positive and try to move forward in our learning experiences from each opportunity presented. Read on to learn about different ways you can help students connect their classroom experiences to summer learning experiences to help end strong or at least go out trying.

June 04, 2017

Good Luck Learning a Foreign Language in American Schools

The problem has something to do with the artificial way languages are presented in schools. Typically, students spend a period of 40 minutes each day dealing with the second language while all other classes are English only. My teachers also assumed that I had mastered English grammar, which I hadn't.

June 01, 2017

Explore Shakespearean Text Via Twitter for Greater Student Engagement

Shakespeare is often hard for students to engage with, particularly if they aren't reading at grade level. One way to ensure a solid conversation about a complex text is to allow students time to share ideas on Twitter doing a class chat. Read here to see how it turned out for my 10th grade NYC students.

May 28, 2017

Guest Post: A Grading Journey of Epic Proportions (Part 1)

Jonathan So shares his experiences of going "gradeless" and offers some insights into his process. Read on to see how he reflected and adjusted his learning to better help students reflect and grow as learners.

May 21, 2017

Learning Can't and Shouldn't Be Quantified

Assessing students is a nuanced business and recognizing what a child brings to the table is essential to truly understanding what they know and can do. Penalizing them or crediting them extra for work that doesn't show real learning or thinking, but any number of other compliance measures that make us as educators feel powerful in the name of preparing kids "for life".

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