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November 08, 2016

Reading Logs Suck!

We must be mindful in what we ask students to do on their free time and really make sure it's something worth doing. Do we want them to love reading and spend time doing it because the enjoy it or do we want to monitor their every move and determine how they will interact with text?

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.

November 01, 2016

This is Us ... Too: The Need for Gifted Education

Guest blogger and gifted education teacher, Angela Abend explains why there needs to be gifted education programs in schools.

October 25, 2016

Co-Construct Success Criteria For Optimal Student Buy-in

We must continue to offer students opportunity to take ownership of their learning or they will never learn how to do so. The more we insist on their involvement, the more they will have to get involved.

October 23, 2016

Why Passion Isn't Enough

What's more important: passion or purpose? Nathan Lang suggests we need to be purposeful if we want to make a difference. Read on to learn why.

October 09, 2016

Make a Difference One Child at a Time

You may hear stories about "super" seniors, those who take longer to graduate than the allotted four years of high school, and think that it's a challenge to work this group of kids, but there is something really special about it too.

September 27, 2016

Dropping Grades One Baby Step at a Time

Teaching reflection and self-assessment in a culture that isn't used to doing it takes time. But for a gradeless classroom to be successful, students must know success criteria and how to identify it in their own work. These baby steps will allow students to start looking at their work with help and then with their peers and then on their own.

September 18, 2016

Time to Put My Beliefs to the Test: Starting a New No Grades Classroom

Things won't happen as quickly as I want, but they will happen and great change is possible. My being able to be vulnerable about these changes and my fears about them is a testiment to how change is hard but still worthwhile

September 13, 2016

Starting From Scratch After 15 Years, Sort of

Although old challenges may no longer be present, new ones will certainly arise, but the benefit of starting over with the prior experience I have is what will help me and others grow. Walking into a new opportunity can be scary but it is that fear that will either force me to improve or force me into submission of some kind. Since I'm not a quitter, it can only be up from here.

September 06, 2016

A Letter to Myself on the Eve of My 15th Year of Teaching

Read on to share the letter I've written to myself at the beginning of my 15th year. What message would you write to yourself in a letter?

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