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December 08, 2016

Use Google 'Assign Function' for Commenting in Google Docs

While providing feedback for my students today, I entered an email address as I often do in the commenting function using the + sign and this little box popped up that asked me if I wanted to assign it to the student as a task.

November 22, 2016

Coaches Should Know Their Communication Strengths to Collaborate With Others

More than learning about myself and others, was dispelling myths about certain ways of communicating and working on leaving judgment behind. It's important to see these styles as a given and once we know who we are and we are dealing with, we can more effectively collaborate.

November 15, 2016

What Makes Struggle Productive?

Many students work hard when it comes to doing the things they connect with like playing a sport or learning a musical instrument; even gaming generates opportunities to persist. Candy Crush for example, says you "failed" when you don't complete a level, yet, we don't throw our hands up in the air and never return to the game. We keep playing until we pass and sometimes we even continue to play to surpass an earlier score. However, students don't connect these skills to their learning. We have to make it transparent.

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 04, 2016

Drive-by Observations and Other Accountability Measures

If we just assess students without telling them the purpose and more importantly giving feedback on what we see, then we'd be committing a great injustice to our students. We often talk about actionable feedback to move progress, and consider this best practice as educators... Which begs the question, why would it be any different for teachers?

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 18, 2016

Time to Put My Beliefs to the Test: Starting a New No Grades Classroom

Things won't happen as quickly as I want, but they will happen and great change is possible. My being able to be vulnerable about these changes and my fears about them is a testiment to how change is hard but still worthwhile

September 15, 2016

Twitter Polls for Learning in and out of Class

Twitter's poll function has lots of great uses for the classroom. It's super easy to use and is a great way to gather quick data. Check this out to see how you can use Twitter to gather data quickly using the polls function

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