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October 25, 2016

Co-Construct Success Criteria For Optimal Student Buy-in

We must continue to offer students opportunity to take ownership of their learning or they will never learn how to do so. The more we insist on their involvement, the more they will have to get involved.

October 13, 2016

It's Time to Lighten the Load and Stop Giving Traditional Homework

We need to recognize that children have very active lives both in and out of school starting at younger and younger ages now. They play travel sports which helps foster physical skills and team collaborative skills that build stamina and frustration tolerance. They play instruments which develops discipline and a love of music and additional fine motor skills. They join clubs that encourage them to dig deeper into their passions and connect them to what they are learning already in a social environment.

October 09, 2016

Make a Difference One Child at a Time

You may hear stories about "super" seniors, those who take longer to graduate than the allotted four years of high school, and think that it's a challenge to work this group of kids, but there is something really special about it too.

October 06, 2016

Missing My Former Students and Former Program

Journalism is a discipline that has always supported true creation and application of 21st century skills and does it in a way where students are doing more than they are sitting and getting.

September 27, 2016

Dropping Grades One Baby Step at a Time

Teaching reflection and self-assessment in a culture that isn't used to doing it takes time. But for a gradeless classroom to be successful, students must know success criteria and how to identify it in their own work. These baby steps will allow students to start looking at their work with help and then with their peers and then on their own.

September 20, 2016

Periscope Makes it Possible for Animal Farm Talk Shows to Go Live

The kids were prepared and ready to go... and in an effort to document and backchannel all that we do, today's first few segments aired on Periscope. All performers were asked before their group went if they felt comfortable being live streamed and the one group who objected to being seen, allowed m...

September 18, 2016

Time to Put My Beliefs to the Test: Starting a New No Grades Classroom

Things won't happen as quickly as I want, but they will happen and great change is possible. My being able to be vulnerable about these changes and my fears about them is a testiment to how change is hard but still worthwhile

September 01, 2016

Encourage a Little Rebellion for the Sake of Change

Whether in a club or on a school newspaper looking to raise awareness about perceived injustice, students have the power to take action and the first amendment supports their right to do so. We must continually engage students in meaningful dialogue that encourages them to take big risks that can can potentially change the way the system runs. At the very least we need to help them find that thing that inspires them to want to make change by not being afraid to do it ourselves.

August 25, 2016

Set Up a Student-Empowered Classroom

Students thrive in learning environments that value them as learners. The more control we relinquish to students in that learning process, the more we encourage them to own the outcomes that they progress toward. School shouldn't be about predetermined curricula and testing, it should be a student-directed/driven experience that empowers kids to embrace their successes and failures.

August 14, 2016

We Don't Want Your Stinking Rules

Building a community of learners who can collaborate well together will take time but will pay off exponentially. Don't give up and run to the rules because it gets to noisy or a student or three have a bad day. Remember it's about them and this experience only goes down once, so make the most enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

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