Archive for the ‘Management’ Category

  • Formative Assessment: Getting Started

    on Feb 27, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Management • with Comments


    Formative assessment is not just another buzz word in education.  Formative assessment goes beyond the exit ticket and check-in tests.   This is a shift in teaching and classroom management that allows for students and teachers to reflect on learning.  Formative assessment involves setting clear learning goals and knowing what mastery of these goals looks like.  Then, teachers and students work together to collaborate and reflect on the learning.  This series will cover ways you can adjust what you are currently doing to gain time and learning in your room through formative assessment. Teachers are savvy

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  • 12 Ways To Reclaim Your Personal Life: Why Teaching Isn’t 24 Hours

    on Feb 25, 15 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured, Management, Opinion • with Comments

    12 Ways to reclaim your personal life

    For the average teacher – or worker for that matter – the expectations of the job are mounting. Each year we’re given more to do with the same amount of resources, namely time. There are only 24 hours in a day, and teachers should be prioritizing them. Certainly, this is not a post to advocate lackluster performance at school. Not in the least, we want you to be your best in school. But we also want you to be your best outside of school, for your family’s sake – and for your own sanity. Here

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  • Setting Up a Cooperative Learning Classroom

    on Feb 23, 15 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Management, Opinion • with Comments


    At recess yesterday I began sketching my classroom layout for next year. Crazy, I know. I am the teacher who likes to do trial runs on pretty much everything. Owning my own school gives me the ability to do that. I use the beginning of each quarter to lay out goals and expectations for my students that are a bit more challenging than the average classroom has. Each quarter I reassess and tweak my ideas until I have a smooth running machine. So when I came across the many ideas leaning toward a cooperative learning

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  • Keep Digital Devices in the Hands of Youngsters

    on Feb 19, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Management, Technology • with Comments

    Hot or Not_

    Just as 1:1 technology gains ubiquity in classroom education the movement against its success is populating social media, straining to establish evidence that digital devices are harmful. There is an irony to the viral backlash that circulates discussion boards and the social media tools that are the very target. I for one remain unconvinced that digital technologies are responsible for lowering assessment scores and making children less educated. With every change in education there will be a need to sort the beneficial from the detrimental and we are right in the middle of that change. My rationale for

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  • Providing An Anchor In Learning

    on Feb 18, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Management • with Comments

    Anchor Charts

    I have a reference wall in my classroom. It includes phonics rules, checklists, our word wall and one of my newest loves, anchor charts. I introduce my anchor charts during my carpet time for several days, then when I feel like my class is comfortable with whatever concept is being taught, I hang it on our reference wall for kids to refer back to. I started using anchor charts on a regular basis last year with my math lessons. It was great to have a visual for fraction to decimal conversion along with graphs to

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