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June 14, 2015

If School Is Not 'The Real World,' What Is It?

The real world is a place we exist in all the time unless we are down the rabbit hole with Alice. So treat the learning experience in school like it matters.

June 11, 2015

7 Reasons to Empower Students to Self-Assess

Empowered kids are engaged kids and allowing students to be in charge of their learning and assessment promotes growth and self-efficacy in ways that teacher provided grades never will.

May 21, 2015

Rethinking Honor Roll, De-emphasizing Academic Competition

Honor roll and other merit based recognition doesn't serve a school community well. Instead, it further segregates students and perpetuates the myth that grades help to communicate academic success. What if schools focused more on the collaborative and less on the competition?

May 14, 2015

Should Mandatory "Seat Time" Requirements Exist?

Is mandatory seat time necessary for learning or is it just another antiquated hoop for students to jump through as they play school? What do you think?

April 30, 2015

5 Stressful Things That Make My Hair Fall Out

Life's stresses can sometimes make it hard to focus. How do you focus through occasion pressure and chaos?

April 28, 2015

Connect Learning to Life, NOT Tests

It's time to fight the testing culture and consider the bigger picture. How can educators better align learning for life and not for testing? As we make pedagogical decisions daily, teachers need to weigh the importance of learning vs cramming for a test that isn't going to impact a child's overall level of mastery.

April 09, 2015

Teachers Throwing Out Grades: It's Happening For Real

How does a movement take form, you may ask? It starts with an idea and then a few people who are willing to take action. That action creates a stir and perhaps inspires some and angers others, but real change starts to happen. This is how Teachers Throwing Out Grades (#TTOG) began. Read on to find out more about this growing movement.

March 16, 2015

What Does Successful Learning Look Like?

How do educators define success in their spaces and then how do they ensure that is has been achieved for every child?

March 11, 2015

What If Learning Were All About the Unanswerable?

What if we erased all of the confining questions that terminate in a dead end? Let's open education up to possibility and a world of what if. What questions do you wish to explore?

March 04, 2015

What If Education Honored Students' Individuality ...

Instead of trying to treat kids the exact same way. As standardized testing became the norm, an unfortunate byproduct was the loss of student individuality. If we strive to normalize the way we teach and assess kids, we lose an inherent component that makes learning unique and interesting. The fun i...

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