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New Teacher Chat is BACK #ntchat

Using Flipgrid to Engage with New Teachers Guest Blog Post by Lisa Dabbs originally posted at lisadabbs.com Teaching is hard. As a former school principal, working 19 years in the field I saw the struggle first hand that my new teachers experienced. As prepared as they were, with classroom pedagogy and strategies, it wasn’t enough. There was always another challenge… Read More »New Teacher Chat is BACK #ntchat

3 Alternatives to AR (Accelerated Reader) by @shfarnsworth

3 Alternatives to Accelerated Reader (AR) Guest Blog Post by Shaelynn Farnsworth Accelerated Reader, Reading Counts, and any other program which substitutes students’ intrinsic motivation to read and replaces it with an extrinsic, point-rewarding system is wrong and is not what’s best for kids. While Research supports an increase in page numbers read through the use of points & rewards;… Read More »3 Alternatives to AR (Accelerated Reader) by @shfarnsworth

Spark Learning

Win a Free Copy of Spark Learning by @ramusallam

Win Ramsey Musallam’s Book Spark Learning You will love this book (and Ramsey’s Ted Talk). Ramsey is a passionate educator who is one of my greatest influences for teaching. I have learned from him about pseudoteaching and being brave to ask for brutally honest feedback from students to help me be a better teacher. Fill out the Google Form below to… Read More »Win a Free Copy of Spark Learning by @ramusallam

do not waste your communication

Communicate: Not Throw Words to the Universe

Be Smart About Your Communication You may have the best intentions and are feeling slammed for time, but if you are not communicating clearly aren’t you just wasting your time? When creating an email, newsletter or another form of communication take some time to consider if people will actually read it. Digital Communication is an ESSENTIAL 21st Century Skill As… Read More »Communicate: Not Throw Words to the Universe

grade like a robot

You’re a Human Being – Do Not Assess Like a Robot

You Are Not a Robot, Do Not Grade Like One First, let me confess that I have done bad things to students with grading. My teacher prep program provided no research or guidance on grading methods. I distinctly remember teaching summer school early in my career and a student was upset that I wouldn’t round up his grade. Kid had… Read More »You’re a Human Being – Do Not Assess Like a Robot

alternative assessments

Assessment of Mastery Does Not Have to be a Test

Assessing Mastery Sometimes we can think that assessment and test are synonymous, they are not. There are lots of ways to assess that a student has learned. Crowdsourced Spreadsheet I started a crowdsourced spreadsheet to collect ideas for alternative ways to assess mastery. Check out what others came up with and add your own!  

Slapping it online is not better

Slapping it Online Does Not Make it Better

Improve Learning How does G Suite and Google Classroom make learning better? It does not if you are just doing the same old things, digitally. My kid is always complaining about the digital worksheets posted in Google Classroom. They were Word documents (you can still see the docx file extension) that have been converted to Google Docs. NOT MORE ENGAGING. Google… Read More »Slapping it Online Does Not Make it Better

5 ways to get back to solid teaching and learning (1)

5 Ways to Get Back to Solid Teaching and Learning by @jmattmiller

Get Back to Teaching and Learning Guest Blog Post by Matt Miller After working with tons of schools and teachers around the United States and beyond, I’m noticing a trend. We love our technology — sometimes to a fault. Don’t get me wrong. Technology has been a huge catalyst in my own classroom and in my life. It helps me… Read More »5 Ways to Get Back to Solid Teaching and Learning by @jmattmiller

Andrew Stillman critique of NY Times Google in Education

The Times’ Reporting on Google in Education: A False Choice for a Straw Man

The Times’ Reporting on Google in Education: A False Choice for a Straw Man Guest Blog Post by Andrew Stillman Maybe because of their universality and power in shaping our lives, K-12 schooling and large tech providers like Google have at least one thing in common: they are both a honey pot for poorly-informed and strongly held public opinion. In… Read More »The Times’ Reporting on Google in Education: A False Choice for a Straw Man

7 reasons to attend an ASCD conference

7 Reasons to Attend an ASCD Conference

7 Reasons to Attend an ASCD Conference Guest Blog post by Michele Hill You get to meet some of your eduheroes in person! People like Todd Whitaker, Baruti Kafele, Lavonna Roth, Neil Gupta, Alice Keeler, Danny Steele–and very special to me, my co-presenters: Jen Hogan, Lisa Dabbs and Deb Campbell were all in attendance. Incredible energy right there folks; harness it!!… Read More »7 Reasons to Attend an ASCD Conference

model the cell

I Learned Nothing, I Just Googled The Parts of the Cell

I Learned Nothing, I Just Googled The Parts of the Cell Can we get real? There are a lot of well-intentioned assignments and projects that frankly have very little LEARNING that goes with them. Create a poster of the solar system. The kid spends a lot of time (and money on supplies) with the outcome that they can (hopefully) identify the… Read More »I Learned Nothing, I Just Googled The Parts of the Cell