Mindset is Everything

In a previous post, I mentioned that we know grades on papers decrease students' motivation. I've seen it in my room and I'm confident other teachers will agree that once a grade is on a piece of student work, the likelihood that the student will actually look at their mistakes and fix/improve their work is minimal... Continue Reading →

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All learners matter

At the end of each chapter in Katie Novak's book, UDL Now!, she asks quality questions that make you reflect on your practice and push your thinking. This blog post is an organization of my thoughts on a question from the book's very first chapter: Think of all the teaching initiatives you have been encouraged to try in... Continue Reading →

Walk the walk

Teachers are getting pumped up about teaching their students mindfulness in their classes. There is hype! That, alone, is great news because more kids will receive this beautiful skill set. What worries me, then? I'm concerned that teachers will become so excited about jumping on the latest trend train and begin delivering mindfulness lessons right... Continue Reading →

I.M.spiration

Thank you, George Couros for writing the book that started it all and teaching the Innovator's Mindset Massive Open Online Course. Thank you, Katie Martin, for the great facilitation during those amazing episodes and twitter chats (that I had to read hours later thanks to my timezone). Respectfully, though, I have The Most Gratitude for all... Continue Reading →

Students must have self-awareness

During the #IMMOOC episode 4 chat, Patrick Larkin brought up something that has been at the forefront of my mind since starting this school year: students need to have more self-awareness than they currently have if they plan to be a successful, contributing member of society. We are training students to be less self-aware The school system our... Continue Reading →

HyperStumbling

Conversations I've witnessed on Twitter these past two weeks have prodded me along to challenge myself with a hard question: "Am I preparing my students for the world they will live in?"

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