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June 05, 2016

Even English Teachers Make Mistakes

Making mistakes publicly is hard and sometimes it even paralyzes some into not trying at all. I'd rather try and fail with the opportunity to try again than not give it a whirl because of fear.

May 29, 2016

Experience History This Memorial Day Weekend

Going to these historical sites has always been a launching point for further inquiry and interest. After learning one new thing, I want to learn more and am able to connect what I see with what happened and the new experiences I'm personally bringing. Imagine what this can do for our students.

May 26, 2016

Student Self-Assessment Practices That Work

Self-assessment is a valuable tool as it gives students the ability to really consider their learning and equally as importanly, share that understanding with the teacher. Once we understand what students know and can do, both demonstrated in the work and their ideas about the work, we can adjust instruction and/or class pacing as needed. The more adept students become with this tool, the better tailored class time and assessments can be.

May 24, 2016

Reconsidering End of Year Grading for Student Mastery

The more involved and authentic we make end of year assessment of learning, the more engaged the students will be in their learning all year. Ownership of one's learning is an essential way of making learning more meaningful for each individual child and that's what we must shoot for as much as we can.

May 12, 2016

Learning Library Skills is Still Important

Academic research can be frustrating, but we must expose students to the library before they get to college to ensure success.

May 08, 2016

How Being a Mom Changed My Teaching

Being a parent has softened me in all of the right ways as far as my teaching is concerned. How has becoming a parent changed the way you teach?

May 05, 2016

Teachers vs Educators: Which Are You?

Teaching isn't just a job to an educator, it's a calling. It's passion and commitment and a desire to amplify the voices and dreams of the many children whose lives touch them as much as the educator touches theirs. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

May 03, 2016

Empower Students to Self-Assess for Report Card Grades

To shift grading mindsets, it's important include students in the conversation about their grades.

April 28, 2016

Do You Know a Tool That Works?

This is a shout out to any teacher who knows a tool worth sharing. Please take the time to share your favorite tools

April 26, 2016

Are Electives Really Student Choice?

As we plan our classes for students, we must consider their role in the learning. What are we putting in their hands and how can we do it as often as possible? All of school should be elective.

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