Designing an Effective In-School Suspension Program

Perhaps more frequently than ever before, administrators choose an in-school suspension over the out-of-school alternative. There are many reasons for this choice, but perhaps the most obvious is the academic advantage of keeping a student within a supportive learning environment. When a student is removed completely from the school a wonderful learning opportunity is potentially lost. […]

A Repair Kit for Grading? Looking to Ken O’Connor for Inspiration

Each and every year my school takes it upon itself to focus on one particular concept that will make the school a better place for students. For example, last year our focus was on implementing the “Tuning Protocol” to make our units of instruction better. This year we have decided to focus on assessment. As […]

The Many Faces of Leadership

This first couple weeks of school I have really wanted to be as visible as possible, to both students and faculty. This means not only am I present during all student passing times and lunch periods, I’m also trying to pop into as many classes as possible. Doing this helps me understand interactions between all […]

Flat Connections and Global Educators  – Sandbox Negotiations

Thanks to Julie Lindsay and my Flat Connections colleagues across the country and globe, I am now a certified Global Educator. I joined the Flat Connections Global Educator course because I wanted to find a space where I could grow past my own understandings of how we learn and form a network of innovative educators […]

4 Reasons for the Decline of Creativity

There seems to be the well-founded belief now a days that creativity among our youth is on the decline. For the most part, reasons attributed to this decline vary, but popular opinion suggests that it’s the direct result of standardized testing and the expectation among some that teachers teach to these tests. I see a […]

MindShift’s Big Ideas of 2013: Focus on Learning | MindShift

It might feel overwhelming to keep track of the latest education trends, jargon, and ed-tech products. But for many educators — and most MindShift readers — the topic of focus that stays top-of-mind above the chatter is learning. A look through the most popular MindShift posts this year reveals that, despite all the news about […]

A Self-Directed Learning Model For 21st Century Learners

The above (left) is the latest draft of our self-directed learning framework, version 1.1. It is based, in spirit, on our Inside-Out School: A 21st Century Learning Model. It is intended to function as a guide for students–likely with the support and facilitation of teachers, parents, and mentors–to help students become expert learners. The goal […]

How (And Why) It’s Time To Create Digital Student Portfolios – Edudemic – Edudemic

Warning: True Confession of an Educator Ahead… I always find it quite confusing when educators tell me that students in their classroom are reading at a 7th grade reading level. What does that really mean?  Does that mean that they are truly reading? When I say truly reading I mean with full comprehension. They are […]

Eight NEW Global Collaborative ideas to Flatten Your Learning! – Flat Connections

Celebrations and sharing well considered ideas for future collaborations have been part of the  exciting culmination to the Flat Classroom Certified Teacher Cohort 13-2 this past week. This professional learning course started 3 months ago, and together we have journeyed through the \’7 Steps to Flatten your Classroom\’ into \’Global Project Design and Management\’. Cohort […]

Here’s why we absolutely need ed-tech | eSchool News | eSchool News

Teachers, admins acknowledge ed-tech’s crucial role Ed-tech remains critical to K-12 education, especially when it comes to student success and engagement. A survey of public school teachers and administrators sheds light on why and how ed-tech implementation isn’t reaching its full potential. Ed-tech increases student engagement in learning, and 96 percent of surveyed teachers agree […]

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“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”

- John Maxwell