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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.

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.

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