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January 21, 2016

What's in an "A"? A Grade of Any Other Letter Doesn't Smell as Sweet

Perhaps systemically, we can start the shift to standards based grading and then eventually to no grades at all, giving students the opportunity to take joy in what they take in rather than worry about how they perform on tests and their report cards.

January 17, 2016

Student Generated Discussion Spawns Meaningful Learning

If we're brave enough to relinquish the control of the questions that dominate and often quell depth of learning among students, they will dive in and take over and even surprise us. They won't be fearful of not getting the right answer because they ultimately aren't looking for one answer when they ask, but rather an open-ended thoughtful experience to share ideas.

January 14, 2016

Global School Play Day Reminds Us Of The Importance of Play

Guest post by Eric Saibel As a father and educator, I observe the inexorable role of play in the daily life of children. Play is a child's default setting, interrupted only by some natural cycles (like sleep) and other quotidian obligations. At my school I see students running and playing every spar...

January 10, 2016

Students Can Grade Themselves When We Make It About Learning

Although doing report card grades is my least favorite part of teaching, working with students to determine an appropriate level of learning has greatly improved the experience. I love to list to students talk about what they are most proud of and read their answers to their forms. It's as much an opportunity for them to reflect as it is for me.

January 07, 2016

I Still Read to My 10-Year-Old Son

Reading is the most effective way to develop vocabulary, voice and enrich brain development. As an English teacher, I can tell my readers in their writing as there is a delicate complexity that exists that is harder to teach. The earlier we can get students excited about words, the better their chance of being successful in life. Not necessarily only reading literature, students have so much to choose from now. Encourage them to read it all or whatever inspires them.

January 05, 2016

Passion Projects Ignite Student Interest

Comprehensive project based learning offers students the chance to practice skills in an authentic and productive way. Not doing elements in isolation but rather applying them all as appropriate to their learning. There is no better way to make them career and college ready than actually giving them assignments that mimic those that will happen in their lives.

December 31, 2015

My #Oneword For 2016 is Metamorphosis

Start your new year with a new #oneword that will chart the course for the future. What will your #oneword be for 2016? Mine is metamorphosis.

December 27, 2015

Top 11 Moments of 2015 - Momentum to Build On

What were your top moments of 2015? Please share; I'd love to celebrate with you

December 22, 2015

7 Tips for Finishing Out the Calendar Year Strong

Before you get to the relaxation of vacation, how can you make the most of your remaining days at school? Read on to find out some suggestions.

December 20, 2015

Using Google Forms to Teach Kids to Give Quality Feedback

Providing feedback is in fact an art and we can scaffold the process to make kids better at it, using technology or without. How do you help students provide better feedback? Read on to find out how I teach students to do it better.

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