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May 21, 2017

Learning Can't and Shouldn't Be Quantified

Assessing students is a nuanced business and recognizing what a child brings to the table is essential to truly understanding what they know and can do. Penalizing them or crediting them extra for work that doesn't show real learning or thinking, but any number of other compliance measures that make us as educators feel powerful in the name of preparing kids "for life".

May 18, 2017

Early Teaching Myth: All Students Will Learn as We Learned

Starting from scratch seemed the only thing to do when I was seeing success with only 2% of my students who were auditory or straight up visual learners. My lessons weren't dynamic enough - They didn't consider the students' needs and/or deficiencies or their interests, so with some encouragement from my coach and mentor, I had to stop and get a do over.

May 14, 2017

What's More Important: Credentials or Experience?

Classroom teaching and being a part of a school community requires so much of every individual. If you're the kind of teacher who wants to take advantage of all it, there is no way you won't grow from the experience. Whether through the day to day in the classroom or the professional learning opportunities both in and out school, when teachers choose to learn, they do and we are qualified for a great many jobs.

May 08, 2017

Teacher Myth: Teachers Can Prepare for Everything, All the Time

Life is unpredictable and so are the events in a classroom. We can certainly have a toolkit of skills and strategies ready to be used, but believing this will save us from potential failure at times is foolish. We must accept that taking risks will promote big possibilities but might not work out as planned.

May 04, 2017

Reflecting Back on My Early Journey During Teaching Appreciation Week

During this Teacher Appreciation Week (and really every day), we must take the opportunity to say thank you to the folks who have impacted us as teachers and people and continue to inspire us even through the toughest teaching and personal times.

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 18, 2017

A Litmus Test for Meaningful Change in Schools

As we continue to make meaningful change for the benefit of student learning, we must be aware of those folks we rely on to make the learning happen. What can you do in your school to benefit the whole of the community when it comes time to make lasting change? Please share

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.

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