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February 06, 2015

Authentic Student-Led Discussion, Music to My Ears

Isn't it time we shifted control in our class discussions? Why can't kids be in charge of what gets considered and how? Teaching kids to facilitate their own class discussions provides an authentic opportunity for both speaking and listening where questioning is a natural outgrowth of personal curiosity and opinion.

January 19, 2015

Building Independent Learners by Fostering Grit

Educational grit is just a fancy way of saying resilience. Teaching students to develop stamina as learners is as important as the content we teach. What are your tips for fostering perseverance in our students?

January 09, 2015

Inspiring Authentic Learning

With the educational landscape changing, we must empower students with the power and tools of inquiry creating many opportunities for authentic learning experiences. How can we do that, you ask? Keep reading...

January 05, 2015

Empower Students and Learning Will Happen

What will you do to empower your students? What does that look like in your own spaces?

January 02, 2015

Help Students Out of Their Comfort Zones

With each new experience comes a certain amount of risk and as educators, we need to encourage students to bravely take them. Success may take time, but taking that first step is the hardest. How do you inspire kids to take the leap?

December 21, 2014

Investing in Student Talent

How do you figure out each child's unique gifts? What do you do in your classes to foster and develop those gifts? What opportunities to give these students to share their gifts with others? Read on for some ideas.

December 19, 2014

Creative Student Projects Synthesize Learning

Why ask kids to take a test when they can a make movie and masterfully show synthesis of many skills and content at once? AP Literature and Composition students tasked with showing their knowledge of satire create short movies to tie in technology skills, writing skills and reading skills. Peers provide feedback.

December 12, 2014

Teaching Student Reporters to Live Tweet

Teach kids to tell stories in 140 characters or less. Imagine the power of concise communication while documenting special school events or every day life.

December 05, 2014

Preparing for In-Class Student Conferences

In the "no-grades" classroom, student conversations about learning are a must. Whether formal (like this) or informal (in class briefly), students must be getting focused feedback all the time.

December 02, 2014

Are You Ready For the Lesson?

Patience and repetition go a long way in the classroom, far further than technology or gimmicks. If we want to reach all of our students, we have to realize that they won't all get it on the first pass.

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