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October 03, 2017

Use a PSA for Content Review

All learning experiences should be meaningful ones, even the reviews. How do you get students to review or recycle taught skills and content?

June 08, 2017

Teacher Accountability Should Not Be Tied to Testing

No single test can adequately show what a child knows and can do, therefore by the transitive property no single test can adequately show the impact one teacher has had on that student's learning. Read on to see why student exams shouldn't be used for teacher accountability and effectiveness.

May 28, 2017

Guest Post: A Grading Journey of Epic Proportions (Part 1)

Jonathan So shares his experiences of going "gradeless" and offers some insights into his process. Read on to see how he reflected and adjusted his learning to better help students reflect and grow as learners.

May 16, 2017

Accessing Shakespeare One to Two Scenes at a Time

In the grand scheme of things, reading Shakespeare is still worthwhile, but we must find a way to help all students access it. When working with students who are reading below grade level and may not have a high interest in reading, we must try different kinds of projects that can get them excited about texts they wouldn't select on their own. What they will hopefully find is that Shakespeare is actually a bad ass. Macbeth is exciting and gory and it gets to the very nature of how power can corrupt people. The universal themes show throughout the play are easily connected with student lives and can continue to resonate with them as they connect the play to other learning.

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.

April 26, 2017

Teaching Students to Dissect Questions for Deeper Learning

At the heart of everything we do, we must be offering students a chance to grow as learners by exploring the world around them in a personally meaningful way. Going deeper than mere test questions is essential to them becoming life long learners.

April 23, 2017

Keep Students Accountable With Weekly Class Logs

Learning is a complicated and personal matter, the more control we give to our students, the more ownership they will take. This increases motivation and engagement and allows students to really be a part of their own success.

April 16, 2017

Traditional Grading Habits Drive Me Crazy

Since grades are largely arbitrary and subjective, we need to work hard to anchor the communication in facts and have some agreed upon criteria that will reflect the level of mastery each student is achieving.

April 02, 2017

An Educator's Tips to Prepare Students for College Writing

Joe Fruscione shares tips from his career as college writing professor to help high school English teachers better prepare their students. Read on for some helpful dos and don'ts to better prepare your students for college.

March 26, 2017

Going 'Off Script': Authentic Elementary Assessment

Ask students how they can show what they know, their answers might be surprising and offer new pedagogical tools. Not one parent ever asks for a grade. Rather they ask about growth and development, so giving our youngest students these experiences builds a foundation for them to be part of authentic learning.

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