Now’s the Time to Pick Up STEAM

“But it’s easy to grade in math. It’s either right or wrong!” I’ve had this conversation with peers, students, even my wife. It always ends with the other person saying, with a light chuckle, “It’s ironic that the math teacher is taking the math out of grading.” Good one. Very original. Cue my fake laugh. … Continue reading Now’s the Time to Pick Up STEAM

TG² Reads: Feedback that Moves Writers Forward

Feedback that Moves Writers Forward: How to Escape Correcting Mode to Transform Student Writing Author: Patty McGee Paperback, 251 pages   Anyone who teaches ANY sort of writing (ahem, social studies and science teachers too) must read Feedback that Moves Writers Forward: How to Escape Correcting Mode to Transform Student Writing and take Patty McGee's … Continue reading TG² Reads: Feedback that Moves Writers Forward

The Limits of Community and the Future of Going Gradeless

This is the second in a series of posts exploring teaching and learning in the de-graded and de-tested language arts classroom. Read the first post here.  Teaching can be a lonely profession. Even though I come into contact with 120 people every day, most of the interactions are asynchronous. The relationships I have with my … Continue reading The Limits of Community and the Future of Going Gradeless

The Importance of PLNs

Change. Growth. Learning. Three short but complicated words. These intangibles are important to instill in students, and yet, in the day-to-day reality of work, teachers often neglect a need for continual professional growth. And as the years go by, it gets easier to become stubborn and set in one's ways. Change is hard. As teachers push … Continue reading The Importance of PLNs