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September 20, 2015

Pacing Needs to Be Flexible If Learning Is to Happen

The speed in which we go when we teach is a major factor in a student's ability to learn. As teachers we need to recognize and understand the children who sit in front of us and adjust accordingly. Here are some suggestions.

September 15, 2015

Help Your Students Write A Killer College Essay

College essays are not created equally... so we need to help all students present themselves in the best way possible. Here are some tips on how.

September 06, 2015

Establish a Safe Place for Risk Taking

Excellent learning can only happen when kids are unafraid to take risks. So inspire them by being bold and taking the plunge -

September 03, 2015

What Does Your Ideal First Day of School Look Like?

How do you imagine your first day? Did it hold up to what actually happened? Check this out for what I have planned.

August 27, 2015

13 Tips For Writing College Recommendations That Rock

You've been asked to write a recommendation for a student you taught three years ago. You aren't sure why he asked you because you didn't have a great relationship and frankly, you don't have anything great to say. What do you do? Read on to find out.

July 29, 2015

5 Ways We Can Improve Professionalism in Our Students

People asked about non-academic skills that are often mixed up in assessing achievement. Consider the following tips when helping students learn about punctuality, organization, time management and creativity.

June 25, 2015

10 Lessons from Movies About Teaching

Which movies about teaching have really made an impact on you and why?

June 14, 2015

If School Is Not 'The Real World,' What Is It?

The real world is a place we exist in all the time unless we are down the rabbit hole with Alice. So treat the learning experience in school like it matters.

June 11, 2015

7 Reasons to Empower Students to Self-Assess

Empowered kids are engaged kids and allowing students to be in charge of their learning and assessment promotes growth and self-efficacy in ways that teacher provided grades never will.

June 09, 2015

Students Self-Assess For Mastery

You might be wondering if students are capable of grading themselves after a year worth of work. You may be asking if they can objectively review their growth and then take all of their understanding of mastery and parlay it into a letter grade that suits the old system... well they can.

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