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October 25, 2016

Co-Construct Success Criteria For Optimal Student Buy-in

We must continue to offer students opportunity to take ownership of their learning or they will never learn how to do so. The more we insist on their involvement, the more they will have to get involved.

October 18, 2016

What Every Student Needs is More Testing...

All students have the right to feel like they have something valuable to offer the world and it's our job to ensure that no test takes that away from them. There is more to each of us than our score on any given exam and we must keep this in perspective. Until we move away from exams completely to other, more effective and meaningful assessment like portfolios and project based learning, students will have to endure the ticking of the clock and the use of number 2 pencils.

October 16, 2016

Actionable Feedback Is Essential for Growth

Providing feedback is an art and as we continue to propel our students into independence, we need to carefully monitor where they are providing them the necessary steps like training wheels until they are ready to ride alone. The magic is in that moment when they realize that they know how already.

October 13, 2016

It's Time to Lighten the Load and Stop Giving Traditional Homework

We need to recognize that children have very active lives both in and out of school starting at younger and younger ages now. They play travel sports which helps foster physical skills and team collaborative skills that build stamina and frustration tolerance. They play instruments which develops discipline and a love of music and additional fine motor skills. They join clubs that encourage them to dig deeper into their passions and connect them to what they are learning already in a social environment.

October 09, 2016

Make a Difference One Child at a Time

You may hear stories about "super" seniors, those who take longer to graduate than the allotted four years of high school, and think that it's a challenge to work this group of kids, but there is something really special about it too.

October 06, 2016

Missing My Former Students and Former Program

Journalism is a discipline that has always supported true creation and application of 21st century skills and does it in a way where students are doing more than they are sitting and getting.

October 02, 2016

Are Procedural Lesson Plans Worth it?

In the first five years of teaching, writing lesson plans was absolutely necessary for me. Meticulously I planned the period, minute to minute insuring that everything was covered... just in case. Fearful of deviating, even a little, I wrote down questions with the exact answers I expected. This way...

September 27, 2016

Dropping Grades One Baby Step at a Time

Teaching reflection and self-assessment in a culture that isn't used to doing it takes time. But for a gradeless classroom to be successful, students must know success criteria and how to identify it in their own work. These baby steps will allow students to start looking at their work with help and then with their peers and then on their own.

September 22, 2016

When There Isn't a Shared Vision, Meet Colleagues Where They Are

Great teaching can look a lot of different ways. Rather than try to make us all look the same, we need to embrace what makes our spaces special and just enhance the efforts for the benefits of the kids. This must be our goal.

September 20, 2016

Periscope Makes it Possible for Animal Farm Talk Shows to Go Live

The kids were prepared and ready to go... and in an effort to document and backchannel all that we do, today's first few segments aired on Periscope. All performers were asked before their group went if they felt comfortable being live streamed and the one group who objected to being seen, allowed m...

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