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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.

April 10, 2017

10 Teachable Moments From 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'

Literature can often remind us of the most important lessons in life. If we saw these things happening in front of us, would we take the time to stop what we were teaching to make it clear the lesson to learn? Maybe we need to make these kinds of lessons more visible in every day life.

April 06, 2017

Take Time to Focus on Your Successes

Sometimes it is easier to focus on what isn't going right, but we must change the script. Let's take some time to acknowledge all of the successes we have had and let go of the failures that have brought us here.

April 04, 2017

Creating Your Educational Legacy: What Matters Most to You?

It is through my advocacy to change grading systems and empower students that I hope to leave a lasting legacy that will potentially do more than just impact the students or teachers in my community. The more people read the books, the more I push myself to get out there and have broader conversations with other educators from around the world. What will your legacy look like?

March 28, 2017

Engage Educators in Their Professional Learning

Striking the right balance between providing information as the experts in the room and also acting as facilitators offers the educators an opportunity to really get involved and internalize the discussion as well as talk to people they didn't come with. That's why we have to give each participant an chance to get involved at conferences.

March 26, 2017

Going 'Off Script': Authentic Elementary Assessment

Ask students how they can show what they know, their answers might be surprising and offer new pedagogical tools. Not one parent ever asks for a grade. Rather they ask about growth and development, so giving our youngest students these experiences builds a foundation for them to be part of authentic learning.

March 23, 2017

Recovering From a Bad Lesson

How do you bounce back from a bad lesson? Sometimes we make mistakes in the classroom and monopolize the learning time. Rather than beat ourselves up about it, how can we recognize and move on from the experience? Read on to find out about my most recent failure and hopefully the success I plan to turn it into.

March 16, 2017

Make Standards Visible in Mastery Communication

Assessing students is a serious business and the better we get at it, the more students get out of it, enabling them to start doing it for themselves becoming more independent learners. We simply can't value things like "USB- remains in class" when it comes to assessing learning.

March 14, 2017

Have You Provided Students Enough Feedback for Growth?

Learning is an on-going process and it seems inadequate and arbitrary to try to label learning along the way when it looks so different for so many students. But since many of us are in the situation that does require grades, we must make sure students and parents aren't surprised when progress reports or report cards come. Even if your comments are pre-written, make sure to provide meaningful comments to aid in understanding the snapshot you are providing.

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