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May 08, 2016

How Being a Mom Changed My Teaching

Being a parent has softened me in all of the right ways as far as my teaching is concerned. How has becoming a parent changed the way you teach?

May 05, 2016

Teachers vs Educators: Which Are You?

Teaching isn't just a job to an educator, it's a calling. It's passion and commitment and a desire to amplify the voices and dreams of the many children whose lives touch them as much as the educator touches theirs. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

May 03, 2016

Empower Students to Self-Assess for Report Card Grades

To shift grading mindsets, it's important include students in the conversation about their grades.

April 26, 2016

Are Electives Really Student Choice?

As we plan our classes for students, we must consider their role in the learning. What are we putting in their hands and how can we do it as often as possible? All of school should be elective.

April 24, 2016

Deepen Reflection, Deepen Learning

Teachers can learn a lot from asking students to reflect and self-assess against the standards and we do the students and ourselves a disservice by not making it an expectation. Perhaps writing a reflection like this isn't appropriate for every class, maybe a video or voice recording would be better. Know your students and differentiate and scaffold reflections to best suit their individual needs.

April 12, 2016

Tips for Helping a Wait-Listed Student Get Into College

Try to imagine the following student: He or she is extremely bright but doesn't necessarily represent well on paper because his/her level of commitment doesn't read in the test scores or transcript. You've taught this student once, maybe more and have developed a rapport with him/her. You know he/sh...

April 07, 2016

Get Kids Drawing to Deepen Learning

Drawing is another way for students to creatively show what they know. We can incorporate more design in what is going on in class so students can demonstrate understanding visually rather than just in words.

April 03, 2016

Break it Down, to Improve the Learning

Students are capable of really deep thinking when we allow them an appropriate amount of time to gather thoughts and consider the diverse views of their classmates. If we want students to be critical thinkers, we must give them opportunities to follow their own inquiry and dive deeper into their learning.

March 22, 2016

Coping With Confrontational Student Emails About Grades

We all have our pet peeves and hot button issues that provoke emotional or passionate responses. Know what yours are and act in a manner fitting to a person in our positions. Mistakes will happen and that is okay too, but students should witness an adult taking responsibility for his/her actions and hopefully will act accordingly in the future.

March 20, 2016

Google Form Updates Help With Student Accountability

Google Forms is a great way for teachers to gather data about learning or create exit tickets or provide feedback. The possibilities are limitless. Aside from being really easy to create, forms allows us to collect data in an efficient way with the help of the students. We no longer have to walk around with a clipboard all of the time, trying to record what students to tell us. Instead we can put the onus on students to participate in the experience.

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