Although doing report card grades is my least favorite part of teaching, working with students to determine an appropriate level of learning has greatly improved the experience. I love to list to students talk about what they are most proud of and read their answers to their forms. It's as much an opportunity for them to reflect as it is for me.
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January 03, 2016
Would you want to be judged by the mean of your experience or would you want people to know the depths and levels of your progress in specific places? Consider what "average" means before you sit down with your grade book to do report cards and ask yourself how meaningful it really is. Read on to understand why we MUST stop averaging student learning as a means of communication.
November 15, 2015
Imagine being able to bring students into the learning, immersing them in the worlds they are exploring for "real". Google Expedition makes it possible.
November 12, 2015
Parent teacher conferences as they once existed no longer work for the 21st century learner. It's time to empower the students to share their learning with parents in a safe and neutral environment.
November 05, 2015
Want an activity that allows students to get their voices heard AND address issues being studied? Try this activity.
November 01, 2015
Have you ever got caught not knowing? Did the warmth overtake your usual composure? What if we flipped that experience and made it into a positive? What if I said we have to, to help kids know that learning doesn't always happen the first time? Read on
October 27, 2015
Risk taking can be dangerous work, but if we don't do it, then we die in our stagnation and our students' successes die with us. How can we boldly leap in front of the flames and make the needed changes to ensure continuous growth? Check this out.
October 20, 2015
If we want to raise motivated and confident learners, we must take the time to teach students how to self-advocate. Here are some tips.
October 11, 2015
What if our help becomes a crutch, crippling students with being enabled, rather than actual helping them succeed?
October 06, 2015
Kids often have a hard time sitting in their seats, so embrace their energy and plan a gallery walk. This is a great way to set up stations in a classroom or celebrate student learning while also facilitating new learning.