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November 09, 2017

It's Not About a Pen, It's About the Bigger Issue

The more transparently we examine our practices and make essential changes that support student growth, the better off our future change agents will be.

October 15, 2017

Evolving Issues With Social Media and Appropriate Usage for Students and Staff

Knowing school law is essential when you're a school leader. This post is the introduction to my final school law paper about the evolving issues with social media and schools. Hopefully it will get you thinking about some of the inherent challenges. What has been your experience?

June 15, 2017

Timed, Standardized-Testing: Is It Worth It?

It's time for us to think about assessing learning the same way we teach diverse and divergent learners, with a level of personalization and humanity that allows each learner to show what they know in a meaningful ways. People will say that portfolio assessment takes too much work and shows too much subjectivity, but I disagree. Every learner takes a different amount of time to produce his/her best work and the additional anxiety associated with being timed stymies that testing opportunity exponentially.

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.

December 26, 2016

Wrapping Up 2016: A Blogging Year in Review

From the #1st5days to Harry Potter, this year marked a journey that I'm luck to have endured. Review the year in posts and share your experiences from the year about any or all of the topics shared.

November 24, 2016

Liberate the Turkey and Homework on Holiday Weekends

Remember the children we teach are "whole". We can't always cater to the academic at the peril of other aspects of who they are as people. Consider the social emotional well being of your students and let them reflect on learning already done and prepare for what is to come when they return.

November 06, 2016

Helping Parents Support Students at the Kitchen Table

It isn't just the students who are tossing their pencils down announcing to their parents "I don't get it. My teacher didn't teach this to us." Moms and dads also have homework anxiety, dreading the feeling of not knowing how to help their child with history or math even if they have the time to do so.

October 20, 2016

Decrease Class Size, Increase Learning

If class sizes aren't going to be addressed because of bottom lines, either because of a lack of teacher resources or school funding, then we are going to have to find a way to function better inside of these undesirable situations. What's your best tip for working with larger classes and meeting students' needs effectively without burning out? Please share

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 02, 2016

What Does it Mean to Be 'Educated' in the 21st Century?

Educational systems must be aware of the world they turn graduated students into and must adjust accordingly. We must consider changing the way the school day looks to better suit the needs of our learners instead of forcing all of our learners to fit into the landscape that was created over 100 years ago.

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