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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.

March 09, 2017

Tips for Capitalizing on Lost Instructional Time

As teachers, when we are called away to meetings, especially of the unexpected variety, with little time to plan for the loss, we need to have protocols in place in our classrooms that inspire and encourage students to use the independent substitute time to continue their learning.

March 07, 2017

Live Outside Your Comfort Zone

If we are ever going to accomplish the great things that need to be done in education or anywhere for that matter, we must fearlessly put ourselves out there for the better good. Forcing ourselves out of our comfort zones, we are pushed to pursue the greatest versions of ourselves and continuously grow. Where does your comfort zone end and what can you do tomorrow to go past it?

February 28, 2017

A Mid-Year Reflection on a Major Career Move

One piece of advice I routinely get, that I understand on an intellectual level, is that change takes time and to not be too hard on myself. I've been working on loosening my expectations of myself and others in a more realistic way.

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