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December 12, 2016

Five Questions to Ask New College Students Over Break

If we can fine tune the questions we ask when we do interact with students we may be able to get the information that we need to intervene and support at-risk students so that they can avoid this fate.

October 26, 2016

Should We Differentiate "Discipline?"

Guest blogger Amber Chandler writes: I came to realize that there was a layer of Differentiation that doesn't seem to be occurring, and that is in the realm of social emotional learning. Why would I think that meeting kids where they were was a good thing academically without logically knowing that the whole child requires more than academic Differentiation, the whole child requires flexibility?

September 06, 2016

Orienting Students for Math

Last week, I led a group of teachers who facilitated a two day mathematical orientation for our new students. These are the 4 goals that worked to create a productive mathematical journey for our students. Like the north star, they gave us a point to aim for and an indication when we got off track.

July 13, 2016

The Reparations I Owe: An Exponential Growth Model of Privilege

The experience of thinking about the reparations movement as a White home-owner begged the question: what role did White Privilege play in helping me...? I couldn't answer this question on my own, so I put it to my students.

June 28, 2016

Help Us Help You: Five Tips for Working With Volunteers at Your School

As you start planning for the next school year and face the daunting task of stretching limited resources to meet almost unlimited student needs, there is one no-cost resource you may have overlooked - volunteers in your classrooms.

June 21, 2016

Against Field Day: Experiential Education Shouldn't be a One Day Event

To be meaningful and worthwhile, "field experiences" should be coherent within students learning, thoughtfully planned, and provide opportunities for reflection and feedback.

June 02, 2016

From "Very Cool" to "Well Designed:" Tips for Engineering Tasks

Students who build something "cool" are not necessarily engaging in engineering design. As teachers, we should find ways to guide our students towards thoughtful design instead of making cool stuff.

May 04, 2016

3 Tips for Guided Inquiry Math Lessons: The Ikea Effect

Ikea does a few things so that non-carpenters like myself can construct their furniture. They pre-drill holes in the wood, they provide would-be constructors with correctly sized tools which they'll need, and they write instructions for assembly which highlight the moves we should make as well as trouble spots where we are likely to go astray. Math teachers can create analogous scaffolds to empower our students.

April 28, 2016

A Football Coach's Philosophy: Work hard. Have fun. Take care of each other.

When I ask the boys to work hard, have fun, and take care of each other, I'm really asking them to engage in the process of becoming good citizens and people. I assist in this process by teaching them a work ethic that will help them to be successful individuals, an attitude that will allow them to enjoy life, and relational skills that will enable them to make life better for all those with whom they interact.

April 25, 2016

What Training My Pit Bull Taught Me About Teaching

My experience training my pit bull, Jax, taught me valuable insights into the way we shape our students' choices and behavior.

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