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December 26, 2017

A Few of My Favorite Things... to Read

Being able to share conversations with students about literature they are drawn is a great passion of mine. Teenagers still love to read, they just haven't been given enough permission or choice in school usually to go after the genres or content that appeals to them. We need to find ways to allow students to read what interests them and teach them the skills they need through that content. This is how we will develop a real love and passion for reading that will grow as students grow.

December 24, 2017

Tragic Teaching Practices in the Harry Potter Series

There are many things we can learn from the magical world from the bravery and tenacity of the students at Hogwarts, I fear that the classroom learning is a bit unbalanced. It breaks my heart to write any kind of negative critique of novels I love so much, but the characterization of the educational system is definitely not one we should emulate.

December 21, 2017

Holiday Movies That Will Spark Fun Class Discussion

Holiday movies offer opportunities to talk about family traditions, charity, making good choices, being a good person and treating other people the way we wish to be treated. In these times of judgment and misunderstanding, it is a great idea to engage in meaningful conversations about what we value in the world and using a movie to do that can be just the right kind of an ice-breaker for students of all ages.

December 19, 2017

2017 Was All About Assessment: A Year in Review

Whether we talk about the how or why of assessment, it always comes back to the communication of learning and different things that dilute that discussion.

December 17, 2017

To Share or Not Share, That Is the Question

How can we continue to develop a culture of transparency and change while still respecting those who aren't where we need them to be yet?

December 14, 2017

Station Learning Empowers All Learners to Own Their Learning

If active learning works for younger learners, why wouldn't it work for adult learners?

December 12, 2017

Empowering Modern Learners to Take Part in Their Journeys

Guest blogger Amit Mehrotra discussed what it means to empower the modern learner and why we need to stop calling what we do teaching for 21st-century skills.

December 10, 2017

Failure Is the New Perfect

Each educator has something valuable to teach me whether it is about the culture of the school or the content he or she teaches that I try to spend a portion of each day just listening. It's in this way that I can best serve my community so that when it comes time to have to make a decision collaboratively or otherwise, I know I'm doing it with the most integrity I can.

December 08, 2017

Multiple Measures: The Story Data Doesn't Always Show

As we continue to talk about data and the necessity of it while we are making choices about programs and students, we need to remember that each child's story is what makes the data valuable.

November 30, 2017

What If I'm Not as Good at Being a Leader as I Was at Being a Teacher?

Becoming a leader wasn't about going to the dark side, but rather shedding light on what was once considered dark. I see myself as one of the teachers, among them, regardless of what my title suggests. In fact, in spite of it, I long to help inspire the many children in our district who deserve the best education possible from the most amazing teachers who might just need a little more time to consider how to do that.

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