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August 28, 2016

Student-Centered Coaching - Let's Make it About Kids

When we move away from a teacher-centered coaching relationship toward a student-driven one, we shift away from punitive structures and toward collaborative engagement to ensure student success beyond teacher success. Let's face it, doesn't matter how good a teacher is in the classroom if the students are getting what they need. It's all about applying the best strategies for the specific kids who are in front of us to help them achieve.

August 21, 2016

Do You Want to Hack Homework This Year?

There are so many responsibilities students have once they leave school that we often don't give any room for their own personal interests and/or family time. We can respect those boundaries and value their home time by adjusting some practices we have during the day and what we expect once they leave to keep learning going.

June 30, 2016

Are You Up for the No Grades Challenge?

Are you curious about giving up grades and sharing your journey on YouTube? Check out these videos and some thoughts about documenting reflection on video. Share your ideas once you try.

June 28, 2016

Advice for Starting a New Journey

Although I'm sad about leaving the place I've called home for so long, I'm certain I've made the right decision. The programs I've created will go on and everyone will exist just fine without me. Eagerly I'll poke in from time to time to see how my friends, colleagues and students are doing and applaud them quietly from the side as it will no longer be my place to intervene. I'm quite proud of my time at WJPS, but it's time to move on. What advice do you have for someone starting a new journey?

June 16, 2016

Inquiry Based Lessons Require Flexibility (Part 2)

Projects in this environment grow so many skills that go beyond the classroom learning, consider the whole child and promote interpersonal skills that make learning interactive and connective. Putting students in charge of their own learning with the implementation of a project-based environment allows students to truly own what they learn and create meaningful learning memories.

June 05, 2016

Even English Teachers Make Mistakes

Making mistakes publicly is hard and sometimes it even paralyzes some into not trying at all. I'd rather try and fail with the opportunity to try again than not give it a whirl because of fear.

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.

May 26, 2016

Student Self-Assessment Practices That Work

Self-assessment is a valuable tool as it gives students the ability to really consider their learning and equally as importanly, share that understanding with the teacher. Once we understand what students know and can do, both demonstrated in the work and their ideas about the work, we can adjust instruction and/or class pacing as needed. The more adept students become with this tool, the better tailored class time and assessments can be.

May 24, 2016

Reconsidering End of Year Grading for Student Mastery

The more involved and authentic we make end of year assessment of learning, the more engaged the students will be in their learning all year. Ownership of one's learning is an essential way of making learning more meaningful for each individual child and that's what we must shoot for as much as we can.

May 17, 2016

Voxer Gives Voice to Feedback

Technology has made it possible to give students that one on one attention and differentiation in ways that class time conferences may not be able to accomplish. Time is our most valuable commodity and as teachers, we just don't have that much of it. Using apps and other technology like Voxer makes it considerably easier to do the kinds of things we always want to do with our students.

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