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February 16, 2016

Students Need Multiple Opportunities for Learning

Too often in education, those in charge forget what the learning is all about it. It isn't about compliance or mere task completion but a development of a skill set and depth of understanding that continues to be built upon and adjusted for mastery. We must, it is our obligation, to provide students with the richest learning experiences that we can and allow them to take away from each one what they need.

February 14, 2016

Shifting the Grading Mindset Starts With Our Words

Think about the words you use in class. Which ones can have potentially negative connotations and how can they be adjusted for a growth mindset? Remember, words matter.

February 09, 2016

Truly Listen: Solutions May Follow

There are many obstacles to creating truly collegial environments, but if we take the time to truly listen, our ability to get to that place quicker is more likely. Open communication where colleagues and students feel heard can only inspire deeper understanding of the needs of each person.

February 07, 2016

Sharing #WhyITeach, Wondering Why You Do

Regardless of our role in a school community we must be deeply connected with the reasons why we participate in this process so we can enact the most transformational moments possible.

February 02, 2016

Your Educational Journey: Is It Time to Evolve?

Both fearful to leave the comfortable and even more fearful of getting stale or bored. Boredom is where passion goes to die. But what if, all this questioning and waiting is the sign? Only you can know, but there is a big education world out there and sometimes it's better to take the risk.

January 24, 2016

Let's Replace Transcripts With Portfolios

As education begins to change and we reconsider how we assess students, we can't continue to do what is easiest for institutions at the expense of what is best for students. Testing and transcripts have never been very helpful to many students. They end up being accurate for only a very small percentage of kids. Using portfolios would be a far more beneficial way to show what kids know.

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 12, 2016

Conduct Conferences During Class Time

Once the conferences have been completed, there are no surprises come report card time. Students know what is going on and so do parents. These conversations keep learning transparent and progress is always in the open. Making sure that students understand where their mastery level is and what needs improvement ensures continued growth and focus in the upcoming term; it also helps us differentiate better.

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.

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.

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