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January 10, 2016

Students Can Grade Themselves When We Make It About Learning

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.

January 03, 2016

Want To Know What's Wrong With Averages?

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

Google Expedition Brings The World Into The Classroom

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

Getting Students Ready For Portfolio Conferences

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

Four Corners Activity Generates Excellent Debate

Want an activity that allows students to get their voices heard AND address issues being studied? Try this activity.

November 01, 2015

Fall Hard, But Do It Where Students Can See

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

Caution: Trail Blazing Can Be Dangerous

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

We MUST Help Students Learn to Self-Advocate

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

10 Tips to Teach Students to Own Their Work

What if our help becomes a crutch, crippling students with being enabled, rather than actual helping them succeed?

October 06, 2015

Get Kids Out of Their Seats, Do a Gallery Walk

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.

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