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November 24, 2016

Liberate the Turkey and Homework on Holiday Weekends

Remember the children we teach are "whole". We can't always cater to the academic at the peril of other aspects of who they are as people. Consider the social emotional well being of your students and let them reflect on learning already done and prepare for what is to come when they return.

November 06, 2016

Helping Parents Support Students at the Kitchen Table

It isn't just the students who are tossing their pencils down announcing to their parents "I don't get it. My teacher didn't teach this to us." Moms and dads also have homework anxiety, dreading the feeling of not knowing how to help their child with history or math even if they have the time to do so.

October 20, 2016

Decrease Class Size, Increase Learning

If class sizes aren't going to be addressed because of bottom lines, either because of a lack of teacher resources or school funding, then we are going to have to find a way to function better inside of these undesirable situations. What's your best tip for working with larger classes and meeting students' needs effectively without burning out? Please share

June 09, 2016

End of Year Projects Show Mastery Levels Better Than State Mandated Tests

As the conversation about communicating learning continues to evolve, it's not just grades we need to reconsider but the means in which we assess students that determine that level of mastery.

June 02, 2016

What Does it Mean to Be 'Educated' in the 21st Century?

Educational systems must be aware of the world they turn graduated students into and must adjust accordingly. We must consider changing the way the school day looks to better suit the needs of our learners instead of forcing all of our learners to fit into the landscape that was created over 100 years ago.

May 31, 2016

Worry Smart: Advice from an Entrepreneur

Too often, teachers worry like this... especially in the current climate of fear that many education reforms have created. It's time for educators to take back control of the system and worry smart, look ahead and problem solve so that our education system can do what it is meant to do.

May 22, 2016

Homework, Friend or Foe?

As we consider what education needs to look like, we must think about homework differently. How will you rebrand it or repurpose it in your classes? What will the impact be?

May 19, 2016

Is it Time to Reconsider Graduation Requirements for High School?

As we move deeper into the 21st century and technology continues to change what and how we have access to learning, we must consider the impact of these changes on our learners and adjust as needed. This is how we will serve students best.

May 15, 2016

Not Ready for College? Flunk Gym

Let's hope that schools will cooperate with students needing more time with high school level courses so they won't have to resort to this type of subterfuge. And if your high school is still pushing kids out to pay college tuition for high school courses, for god's sake do something about it. It isn't that complicated.

March 08, 2016

If Education Is Going to Change, Teacher Prep Needs to First

As educational philosophy continues to shift based on current research, new teacher programs must reflect the reform in the classroom environment. It seems sad and weird that folks coming out of traditional programs are still learning what I learned so long ago with little modification. This needs to change

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