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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.

April 24, 2016

Deepen Reflection, Deepen Learning

Teachers can learn a lot from asking students to reflect and self-assess against the standards and we do the students and ourselves a disservice by not making it an expectation. Perhaps writing a reflection like this isn't appropriate for every class, maybe a video or voice recording would be better. Know your students and differentiate and scaffold reflections to best suit their individual needs.

April 21, 2016

Give Students Power in Their Learning Process

Students will love the idea of being in charge of their learning for the most part, but they may not be ready to do it on their own. So you will need to scaffold the experience until they can do it successfully by themselves. Be aware that you may encounter students who aren't interested in these kinds of freedoms. Often times, honor students want to be told what to do so they know how to get the grade they want. If time is spent de-emphasizing the importance of grades, this can start to shift as well.

April 10, 2016

If You Want Students to Hear You, Communicate One to One

Effective communication with students who need to hear the most, must happen one to one. Take the time to make sure students are getting what they need and keep students from slipping through the cracks, particularly as Spring fever sets in.

April 07, 2016

Get Kids Drawing to Deepen Learning

Drawing is another way for students to creatively show what they know. We can incorporate more design in what is going on in class so students can demonstrate understanding visually rather than just in words.

April 03, 2016

Break it Down, to Improve the Learning

Students are capable of really deep thinking when we allow them an appropriate amount of time to gather thoughts and consider the diverse views of their classmates. If we want students to be critical thinkers, we must give them opportunities to follow their own inquiry and dive deeper into their learning.

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