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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.

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".

May 18, 2017

Early Teaching Myth: All Students Will Learn as We Learned

Starting from scratch seemed the only thing to do when I was seeing success with only 2% of my students who were auditory or straight up visual learners. My lessons weren't dynamic enough - They didn't consider the students' needs and/or deficiencies or their interests, so with some encouragement from my coach and mentor, I had to stop and get a do over.

May 02, 2017

Hidden Learning in the 'Chamber of Secrets'

From wizarding prejudices that mimic our real world hierarchies and racial complexities to learning truths about ourselves and others, Rowling explores societal challenges in a way that children and adults can relate to and possibly even start a deeper dialogue about.

April 16, 2017

Traditional Grading Habits Drive Me Crazy

Since grades are largely arbitrary and subjective, we need to work hard to anchor the communication in facts and have some agreed upon criteria that will reflect the level of mastery each student is achieving.

April 10, 2017

10 Teachable Moments From 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'

Literature can often remind us of the most important lessons in life. If we saw these things happening in front of us, would we take the time to stop what we were teaching to make it clear the lesson to learn? Maybe we need to make these kinds of lessons more visible in every day life.

April 04, 2017

Creating Your Educational Legacy: What Matters Most to You?

It is through my advocacy to change grading systems and empower students that I hope to leave a lasting legacy that will potentially do more than just impact the students or teachers in my community. The more people read the books, the more I push myself to get out there and have broader conversations with other educators from around the world. What will your legacy look like?

March 23, 2017

Recovering From a Bad Lesson

How do you bounce back from a bad lesson? Sometimes we make mistakes in the classroom and monopolize the learning time. Rather than beat ourselves up about it, how can we recognize and move on from the experience? Read on to find out about my most recent failure and hopefully the success I plan to turn it into.

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