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June 16, 2016

Inquiry Based Lessons Require Flexibility (Part 2)

Projects in this environment grow so many skills that go beyond the classroom learning, consider the whole child and promote interpersonal skills that make learning interactive and connective. Putting students in charge of their own learning with the implementation of a project-based environment allows students to truly own what they learn and create meaningful learning memories.

June 14, 2016

Inquiry Based Lessons Require Flexibility (Part 1)

Planning for a project-based, student-led learning environment starts with a well-made assessment that allows for student choice while addressing many standards at the same time. Once the teacher determines and develops the assessment, he/she must backward plan to sculpt the look of each class period to best provide students with the instruction and resources needed to be promote successful outcomes.

June 09, 2016

End of Year Projects Show Mastery Levels Better Than State Mandated Tests

As the conversation about communicating learning continues to evolve, it's not just grades we need to reconsider but the means in which we assess students that determine that level of mastery.

June 07, 2016

Lessons Learned Preparing for TED That Will Inform Future Teaching

Bring your passion to what you do and that will read when you share. I'm extremely passionate about my subject matter and because I'm being me, the audience will tell. My story is one that I'm proud to share and I'm glad I had the chance to share it.

June 05, 2016

Even English Teachers Make Mistakes

Making mistakes publicly is hard and sometimes it even paralyzes some into not trying at all. I'd rather try and fail with the opportunity to try again than not give it a whirl because of fear.

May 29, 2016

Experience History This Memorial Day Weekend

Going to these historical sites has always been a launching point for further inquiry and interest. After learning one new thing, I want to learn more and am able to connect what I see with what happened and the new experiences I'm personally bringing. Imagine what this can do for our students.

May 26, 2016

Student Self-Assessment Practices That Work

Self-assessment is a valuable tool as it gives students the ability to really consider their learning and equally as importanly, share that understanding with the teacher. Once we understand what students know and can do, both demonstrated in the work and their ideas about the work, we can adjust instruction and/or class pacing as needed. The more adept students become with this tool, the better tailored class time and assessments can be.

May 24, 2016

Reconsidering End of Year Grading for Student Mastery

The more involved and authentic we make end of year assessment of learning, the more engaged the students will be in their learning all year. Ownership of one's learning is an essential way of making learning more meaningful for each individual child and that's what we must shoot for as much as we can.

May 12, 2016

Learning Library Skills is Still Important

Academic research can be frustrating, but we must expose students to the library before they get to college to ensure success.

May 08, 2016

How Being a Mom Changed My Teaching

Being a parent has softened me in all of the right ways as far as my teaching is concerned. How has becoming a parent changed the way you teach?

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