Education

What “gifts” will your students learn this year?

What a gift our students would have if they learned to tackle problems with curiosity, joy, and confidence this year! I learn everyday. I hope all of us do. Sometimes I am a frustrated learner, facing problems that require patience, creativity, and persistence to solve. I have to seek out help often. One thing that… Continue reading What “gifts” will your students learn this year?

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The Communication Balance: brutal honesty or wimpy empathy?

I thought I was being kind. I thought I was empathetic. I thought I was helping my students, teachers, and parents by sandwiching my real message inside positive feedback. When giving feedback that was going to be hard to hear, I would dance around the message, hoping that would make the information easier to take.… Continue reading The Communication Balance: brutal honesty or wimpy empathy?

Education

Innovation doesn’t have to be complex: an idea for practice/review

How can I learn about my students and help them review concepts in a way that is engaging, empowering, and helps them build relationships? Help students review and practice while observing students’ skills as formative assessment by using a technique called “Answers Around the Room”. Students complete a worksheet-type practice set, and the answers to… Continue reading Innovation doesn’t have to be complex: an idea for practice/review