Do we need to raise the bar or lower it? How does this affect our standards? If you are working in a particular field or area and people are not reaching the current established levels set, what is the solution? Change the level, change the preparation, change the assessment or maintain the level? What is … Continue reading Raise the bar
I am a big believer in vocabulary! We do not spend enough time exploring, providing, and giving children time to explore “words.” It could be because I come from a home where my parents did not know how to read. When I would go to school in my early years, I can remember my Kindergarten … Continue reading Word of the Day
The school year is winding down, but improvement plans are being worked on. We should be looking at this time all of the ways we can begin to lift learning, close gaps, and review standards. Setting standards, assessing progress towards standards, and are standards being met are common areas to focus. These are essential areas … Continue reading Five Ways to Lift Learning
To gain high levels of learning we need commitment, focus and flexibility. It is the end of the year and if we have not yet captured our students commitment to learning, they have already missed so much. Why are we allowing it to continue? “It is too late, there is nothing I can do now … Continue reading Give it your best!
The purpose of education seems to have different meanings when you ask other groups. If we look through the political accountability lens, the goal is to increase standards and raise requirements for test scores to reflect passing levels. Students may see education as just going to school, following the rules, and turning in their assignments. … Continue reading Nourishing Teaching and Learning-Today, Tomorrow and Always
What Matters? In education, we measure, collect data, and report on students' performance at grade levels. However, what matters in the big picture of learning? Accountability of the test scores reported on the school, district, and the teacher in the evaluation process plays an important role. Teachers are asked to set growth goals; schools do … Continue reading Monday Matters!
Covid-19 placed all of us in the circumstances we did not expect. The approaches to recovery look different in the realms of the business, industrial, and education worlds. Education is faced with an overwhelming challenge to help students at an even more comprehensive range of learning levels than they have ever met before. The approach … Continue reading Forward Teaching, Self-Paced Learning
Friday Focus-Leadership Each day we are reminded of the importance of many things, but leadership is essential in every aspect of life. Leadership is the deciding factor of accomplishing the work, goals, and delivery of success to every component in our chain of command. Make people feel important who work for you, with you, or … Continue reading Create the roads, Clear the Path
As students enter our classrooms, we hope they will be ready and engaged in learning. Academic success is the outcome we want for each student in our classroom, but we know it can not be just our want. Students need to have a foundation of academic skills, a character of perseverance, and a sense of … Continue reading Tuesday Teaching
Teachers, if you do not know about StoryWalks, please take a look at the following article! I love it! As a 5th grade teacher, we did many different things to engage readers, but this is the best idea ever! I can see how you can utilize this as a fun family night activity! So many … Continue reading Let’s take a StoryWalk