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July 27, 2016

Does Teaching Get Easier With Time?

Being an educator requires constant growth. We're always on a stage. Students and colleagues notice everything and since we want to model best behaviors, we must be aware of ourselves. There are many lessons to be learned and taught in non-teaching situations and they happen all of the time around students. One thing is for sure, we definitely recognize that faster and take more opportunities to use authentic moments as teachable.

July 25, 2016

Throwing Out Grades Is Not Without Its Challenges

By getting rid of grades, students can focus on what they know and can do and develop strategies for skills and content they have yet to master. This is a much more inclusive teaching philosophy because no one is expected to be the same.

July 19, 2016

What's Your Process?

There is no one right way to do anything, but there is a best way for each of us. Learning ourselves well enough to know what that process is and being able to articulate it is essential for future replication and success. So as you work on your next task, try to be conscious of your steps. Reflect on what works and what doesn't work and see if it can be replicated over time.

July 17, 2016

How Can Teaching and Using Questions Improve Learning?

We must cultivate conversation in our classrooms, real dialogue between more than just one teacher and one student, but rather strive to have the students talking to each other, with us as facilitator. We can scaffold this into our everyday practice, starting with think-pair-shares, writing activities, small group assignments and then full classroom discussions where all student have something different to offer.

July 05, 2016

I Reflect for Me

Much like any learner, until we want or can make sense of what is in our paths, we usually pass over it until one day we notice... because we can. And that is the day that makes the obvious impact, although there were many smaller moments prior to the big one that have happened to make it so.

June 28, 2016

Advice for Starting a New Journey

Although I'm sad about leaving the place I've called home for so long, I'm certain I've made the right decision. The programs I've created will go on and everyone will exist just fine without me. Eagerly I'll poke in from time to time to see how my friends, colleagues and students are doing and applaud them quietly from the side as it will no longer be my place to intervene. I'm quite proud of my time at WJPS, but it's time to move on. What advice do you have for someone starting a new journey?

June 23, 2016

Myth Debunking: My Top Early Career Teaching Myths

Every choice I have made in my career has happened for a reason. Every person who I've encountered has influenced and better informed my educational experience pushing me to achieve more inside and outside of my classroom. It's in this way, that I could truly model the love of learning (even with its setbacks) for my students.

June 19, 2016

10 Lessons Learned From Harry Potter

Like with all good literature, there are many themes and lessons we can learn and apply to our every day lives... Harry Potter is no exception

June 16, 2016

Inquiry Based Lessons Require Flexibility (Part 2)

Projects in this environment grow so many skills that go beyond the classroom learning, consider the whole child and promote interpersonal skills that make learning interactive and connective. Putting students in charge of their own learning with the implementation of a project-based environment allows students to truly own what they learn and create meaningful learning memories.

June 14, 2016

Inquiry Based Lessons Require Flexibility (Part 1)

Planning for a project-based, student-led learning environment starts with a well-made assessment that allows for student choice while addressing many standards at the same time. Once the teacher determines and develops the assessment, he/she must backward plan to sculpt the look of each class period to best provide students with the instruction and resources needed to be promote successful outcomes.

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