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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
There is an overflow of NEW THIS and NEW THAT in education that comes flying by us at a pace that is impossible to keep up with. How do we stay current while also making sure we don't get carried away BY the current? It's easy: Find the NEW THIS or NEW THAT. Get inspired. Let... Continue Reading →
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 →
Okay, a lot was digested that first year. However, there is something that took over a decade for me to realize and finally change: my behavior management plan.
So much growth is possible when we take the time to sit down and reflect, so why is it the most forgotten aspect of lesson design? of lesson implementation? or our lives?