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September 19, 2017

Let the Learning Lead, Not the Label

If we want students to see themselves as life-long learners, who value progress in their own learning experiences, we need to promote an environment that fosters a formative feedback cycle in lieu of summative grades.

August 26, 2017

Stepping Through the Looking Glass

Eager to meet my new colleagues and learn about the school culture, I'm diving head first into my new position. Instead of fearing what is beyond the title, I'm embracing it.

August 01, 2017

From Teacher to Leader: Shift Your Mindset

Education is at a pivotal point right now and too often, educators make excuses for why change isn't happening as it needs to be. More teachers need to step into leadership positions to share their unique expertise and experience.

July 18, 2017

The Anxiety of Doing Something New

Doing new things can be scary, maybe even paralyzing but that doesn't we shouldn't do new things. We must build up our courage and do what we ask our students and colleagues to do every day.

June 25, 2017

Five Things for Next Year

As every new year begins, so does the adventure. After you've had time to reflect on this past school year, what will be your five goals for next year?

June 13, 2017

Thank You Students, I'm Better Because of You

Student learning and inspiration is by far the biggest reason I've returned to teaching each year. Every time I say goodbye to another group of kids, I feel saddened by the loss, but invigorated by their possibilities. Always eager to hear later how things are going, I continue to make myself available despite not seeing them everyday. Technology is great for keeping relationships current.

June 08, 2017

Teacher Accountability Should Not Be Tied to Testing

No single test can adequately show what a child knows and can do, therefore by the transitive property no single test can adequately show the impact one teacher has had on that student's learning. Read on to see why student exams shouldn't be used for teacher accountability and effectiveness.

May 28, 2017

Guest Post: A Grading Journey of Epic Proportions (Part 1)

Jonathan So shares his experiences of going "gradeless" and offers some insights into his process. Read on to see how he reflected and adjusted his learning to better help students reflect and grow as learners.

May 21, 2017

Learning Can't and Shouldn't Be Quantified

Assessing students is a nuanced business and recognizing what a child brings to the table is essential to truly understanding what they know and can do. Penalizing them or crediting them extra for work that doesn't show real learning or thinking, but any number of other compliance measures that make us as educators feel powerful in the name of preparing kids "for life".

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.

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