5 years ago I thought I was crazy. That there was no way, I could do all of the things I knew I had to do to become a better teacher. I knew that “testsandgrades” were killing my students’ curiosity. I knew that when I held a child back from recess due to unfinished homework… Continue reading To the Strangers that Become Friends
Last week, I unfollowed everyone on my Twitter list. I was stuck in a twitter rut feeling like I wasn’t making connections, like all of these people and ideas were whizzing by and I wasn’t engaging. After explaining this to a person I admire (John, don’t get a big head) he suggested to unfollow everyone… Continue reading Twitter Is What Twitter Does
The year is waning and that means we are getting ready for all of the best of lists and with that also the 2011 EduBlog Awards. And while I had the honor of being nominated last year as best new blog, and I even nominated my own choices, I just can’t pick this year. There are so many blogs… Continue reading But How Do I Pick – EduBlog Awards
I swear my life this weekend will be difficult for my family. I may be absent most of the weekend, definitely distracted but very engaged. (Just not with those in my house). Reform Symposium 3 is here and I am thrilled to not just be presenting twice but also to be learning alongside with educators… Continue reading How Does One Pick – Some Must See’s at #RSCON3
Last year I made the decision to stop giving out letter grades as much as possible. This was not an easy decision or one that I made lightly. Only after research, deep reflection, and many conversations with peers did I decide that this was the best step for me within my educational philosophy. This post… Continue reading So You Want to Quit Letter Grades – A Practical Guide From Someone Who’s Done It and Survived
This year I threw out letter grades almost completely. Only almost because I am still required to give my fourth grade students a letter grade on their trimester report card. I thought I was crazy, doing this, and I am sure I wasn’t the only one. I thought I was going to regret it for… Continue reading So How’s this Whole No Grading Thing Going for Ya?