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May 14, 2017

What's More Important: Credentials or Experience?

Classroom teaching and being a part of a school community requires so much of every individual. If you're the kind of teacher who wants to take advantage of all it, there is no way you won't grow from the experience. Whether through the day to day in the classroom or the professional learning opportunities both in and out school, when teachers choose to learn, they do and we are qualified for a great many jobs.

May 08, 2017

Teacher Myth: Teachers Can Prepare for Everything, All the Time

Life is unpredictable and so are the events in a classroom. We can certainly have a toolkit of skills and strategies ready to be used, but believing this will save us from potential failure at times is foolish. We must accept that taking risks will promote big possibilities but might not work out as planned.

May 04, 2017

Reflecting Back on My Early Journey During Teaching Appreciation Week

During this Teacher Appreciation Week (and really every day), we must take the opportunity to say thank you to the folks who have impacted us as teachers and people and continue to inspire us even through the toughest teaching and personal times.

May 02, 2017

Hidden Learning in the 'Chamber of Secrets'

From wizarding prejudices that mimic our real world hierarchies and racial complexities to learning truths about ourselves and others, Rowling explores societal challenges in a way that children and adults can relate to and possibly even start a deeper dialogue about.

April 26, 2017

Teaching Students to Dissect Questions for Deeper Learning

At the heart of everything we do, we must be offering students a chance to grow as learners by exploring the world around them in a personally meaningful way. Going deeper than mere test questions is essential to them becoming life long learners.

April 23, 2017

Keep Students Accountable With Weekly Class Logs

Learning is a complicated and personal matter, the more control we give to our students, the more ownership they will take. This increases motivation and engagement and allows students to really be a part of their own success.

April 18, 2017

A Litmus Test for Meaningful Change in Schools

As we continue to make meaningful change for the benefit of student learning, we must be aware of those folks we rely on to make the learning happen. What can you do in your school to benefit the whole of the community when it comes time to make lasting change? Please share

April 16, 2017

Traditional Grading Habits Drive Me Crazy

Since grades are largely arbitrary and subjective, we need to work hard to anchor the communication in facts and have some agreed upon criteria that will reflect the level of mastery each student is achieving.

April 10, 2017

10 Teachable Moments From 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'

Literature can often remind us of the most important lessons in life. If we saw these things happening in front of us, would we take the time to stop what we were teaching to make it clear the lesson to learn? Maybe we need to make these kinds of lessons more visible in every day life.

April 06, 2017

Take Time to Focus on Your Successes

Sometimes it is easier to focus on what isn't going right, but we must change the script. Let's take some time to acknowledge all of the successes we have had and let go of the failures that have brought us here.

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