Afraid of Feedback

Do we not ask for feedback because we are afraid of what we might hear? When I taught in the classroom, I did end of term surveys almost every year. In my new role in the Learning Commons, I regularly seek formal and informal feedback from students and teachers. That feedback is what I use […]

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Out of the Classroom but Still Relevant

In a previous post, I outlined what I thought was a real problem with individuals who are out of the classroom and therefore out of touch with the realities of the classroom. My concern was individuals who are not teaching and yet dictating best practice models or strategies for classroom teachers. Even with the best […]

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Out of the Classroom and Out of Touch

If you don’t teach in a classroom, you are out of touch with what classroom teachers are dealing with. This is a statement people will argue over and defend on both sides. Consultants will charge you obscene amounts of money to come in and tell you how to do a job they have not done […]

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Graduation Speech

This was originally posted nearly 8 years ago when my son was “graduating” preschool and moving to the big, bad elementary school. As I reread it, I felt compelled to reshare it as I fear much of it still rings true with me as a parent and as an educator. Good afternoon friends, families, and […]

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Passion Projects

I am always looking for ways to inspire my students and promote learning in my classroom. The biggest obstacle I often face is school itself. Whether its curriculum, rules, schedules, standardized tests or the host of other things that get in the way of inspired learning, there is always appears to be some obstacle. The […]

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Be There

The other day I took my son to his swim lesson. This is something I have done numerous times with both of my boys and they really love being in the water. Their lessons are thirty minutes long and I normally bring a book, the iPad, or laptop to get some work or reading done […]

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