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August 23, 2016

The Power of Podcasts and a Love of Books

Podcasting can be a great way to engage readers with a text. One podcast that employs great strategies for reading a text is Harry Potter and the Sacred Text. Read on to see how this particular podcast can be a launching point for using podcasting in your classes.

August 21, 2016

Do You Want to Hack Homework This Year?

There are so many responsibilities students have once they leave school that we often don't give any room for their own personal interests and/or family time. We can respect those boundaries and value their home time by adjusting some practices we have during the day and what we expect once they leave to keep learning going.

August 16, 2016

Preparing for the New Adventure

Making big changes in our lives after we've grown comfortable is always a challenge, but the possibilities are so exciting and offer so much potential. It is how we work with those realities that determines how successful we will ultimately become. So I'm ready to jump into this journey, both feet together, eyes wide open, heart and mind open as well.

August 07, 2016

Book Recommendation: Differentiating the High School Classroom

Although I don't give book recommendations often, this one is offered to help those of us out there that struggle with differentiation, a very important part of individualized learning. Check it out.

August 04, 2016

Teaching Grit Through Sportsmanship

So many kids these days lack the perseverance to succeed. Sports is a great way to start teaching them these lessons and the more we connect the lessons to classroom learning, the better students grow as learners.

July 27, 2016

Does Teaching Get Easier With Time?

Being an educator requires constant growth. We're always on a stage. Students and colleagues notice everything and since we want to model best behaviors, we must be aware of ourselves. There are many lessons to be learned and taught in non-teaching situations and they happen all of the time around students. One thing is for sure, we definitely recognize that faster and take more opportunities to use authentic moments as teachable.

July 25, 2016

Throwing Out Grades Is Not Without Its Challenges

By getting rid of grades, students can focus on what they know and can do and develop strategies for skills and content they have yet to master. This is a much more inclusive teaching philosophy because no one is expected to be the same.

July 19, 2016

What's Your Process?

There is no one right way to do anything, but there is a best way for each of us. Learning ourselves well enough to know what that process is and being able to articulate it is essential for future replication and success. So as you work on your next task, try to be conscious of your steps. Reflect on what works and what doesn't work and see if it can be replicated over time.

July 17, 2016

How Can Teaching and Using Questions Improve Learning?

We must cultivate conversation in our classrooms, real dialogue between more than just one teacher and one student, but rather strive to have the students talking to each other, with us as facilitator. We can scaffold this into our everyday practice, starting with think-pair-shares, writing activities, small group assignments and then full classroom discussions where all student have something different to offer.

July 05, 2016

I Reflect for Me

Much like any learner, until we want or can make sense of what is in our paths, we usually pass over it until one day we notice... because we can. And that is the day that makes the obvious impact, although there were many smaller moments prior to the big one that have happened to make it so.

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