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October 07, 2017

Make School About Learning, Not About Grades

What happens when a school community decides it is time to emphasize learning over grades? Magic! Students are capable of so much more than we know; we must trust, release control and provide lots of feedback to support and empower our learners of all ages.

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.

September 12, 2017

Mom Guilt and Career Ambitions

Balance is extremely hard and when there are amazing things going on in your life, you have to make time to enjoy them, to truly experience them.

July 27, 2017

Great Leadership Starts With Humility

When you reflect on the kind of leader you are or the one you'd like to be, how would you describe yourself? How would others describe you?

July 04, 2017

20 Years of Harry Potter and Me

Fantastical worlds filled with magic and intrigue, yet safely hidden behind the shroud of our reality, mingling with the muggle world seamlessly for just the chosen few who know. Muggle or magical, within each of us is a spark that is unique and worthy of uncovering. What lessons have you learned from your favorite books?

July 02, 2017

Awakening the Curiosity Within - a poem

Although I haven't written poetry for a while, it is always amazing to me the relationship we have with words (or at least it's my inner nerd that tells me everyone has one of those kinds of relationships.) Often when I consider education the images and emotions it provokes within me at challenging times, putting a landscape of ideas together in a different way helps me to tackle, name and start to move through challenges.

June 27, 2017

Compliance Isn't Mastery of Learning

Mastery of content and skills take time and kids need to be allowed the amount of time needed to attain that mastery. We need to offer them opportunities to show what they know in a variety of ways and then not penalize or reward those who do it slower or faster. Mastery is just that and it doesn't matter when a child gets it, it only matters that they do.

June 06, 2017

#FinishStrong or Go Down Trying

Since school is really about relationships, finishing strong is as much about the content as it is about the personal growth. Let's focus on the positive and try to move forward in our learning experiences from each opportunity presented. Read on to learn about different ways you can help students connect their classroom experiences to summer learning experiences to help end strong or at least go out trying.

May 30, 2017

Guest Post: A Grading Journey of Epic Proportions (Part 2)

Going "gradeless" hasn't really meant that I have no grades but that I am rethinking what it means to learn in school. Our kids are ready for change and need that change. The more we have them a part of the learning, the better. Read how Jonathan So has shifted his classroom.

May 25, 2017

Teachers, Forgive Thyself or Burn Out Quickly

As this year winds down, if you have a bad day or you find your patience growing short, give yourself permission to take a time out and if you don't make it there, don't beat yourself up about. Tomorrow is a new day and it's amazing what a little distance can and perspective can heal.

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