Now’s the Time to Put It All Together

As the school year approaches, my anxiety begins to take hold. Knowing there will be 125 or so new faces staring up at me, expecting me to inspire them keeps me awake at night. After 20 years of teaching, I would think this feeling would have diminished. But it hasn't. So I spend my waking … Continue reading Now’s the Time to Put It All Together

From Hostility to Community

In our dream we have limitless resources, and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hand. The present educational conventions fade from our minds; and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive rural folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of … Continue reading From Hostility to Community

TG² Reads: Peer Feedback in the Classroom

Peer Feedback in the Classroom: Empowering  Students to be the Experts by Starr Sackstein Paperback 131 pages   It is said the one doing the talking is the one doing the learning. So why should the teacher be the only one providing all the feedback in the classroom? Starr Sackstein's new book Peer Feedback in the … Continue reading TG² Reads: Peer Feedback in the Classroom

TG² Reads: SHIFT THIS!

SHIFT THIS: How to Implement Gradual Changes for Massive Impact in Your Classroom by Joy Kirr Paperback, 195 pages Tired of doing the same thing over and over again in the classroom? Do you feel like you’re doing most of the work in the classroom? Want to make learning more student-centered? If so, Shift This! … Continue reading TG² Reads: SHIFT THIS!

What About Cheating?

A teacher catches a student plagiarizing a major essay. An initial reaction is often, "How could he do this to me?" The teacher may feel violated and even want retribution. In an attempt to seek justice, she gives her student a zero and a referral. All too often, this is the default response to cheating. … Continue reading What About Cheating?

Why We’re Gradeless

When Arthur and I first started Teachers Going Gradeless, I don't believe either of us expected to meet such an impressive array of educators. The many voices from math, science, history, English, and other content areas have inspired and influenced my teaching. We have invited a few of these teachers to share their gradeless journey. These teachers … Continue reading Why We’re Gradeless