The holiday season is especially tough for some students and adults, so taking time out to focus on gratitude can really have a positive impact on students and adults in your building or even district. If you’re thinking about doing it, here are some ways you can utilize it with students at every grade level or for yourself.
Today a great school closed down due to flood damage from earlier this year. Old Peachtree Montessori in Auburn, Georgia served 1,000’s of children and parents in their 24 years. It made its impact with all ages from 8 weeks to 6th grade, instilli…
I noticed the last publication of Educational Leadership was all about teacher driven professional development. I have not had time to really dig into the ideas yet, but it seems to make good sense. In our classrooms we are offering students choice as means of engagement, so why would we not do the same for… Continue reading Staying Connected by Being Connected
A few months ago, a young teacher, Maggie, asked me what I thought of the use of rubrics. I thought . . . Read more
We celebrate Thanksgiving with my husband’s family on Thanksgiving Eve. It is a fabulous time with his mom, sister and family, and friends. We are not a family only kind of crew, and often we collect very interesting attendees, but this year it was a small intimate gathering of family and friends, food, traditions, and connections. We loaded up the counter to serve dinner buffet style. Everyone prepped the food they brought, nibbled as we set up the appetizers, carved the turkey, visited, laughed, and enjoyed the pandemonium as Grandma’s beautiful pair of half grown Great Danes rushed into the house every time a child inadvertently let them.
This week #saskedchat did a bit of a stroll through the past as we explored some of the questions from past chats. Reaching back to 2015, we explored a variety of topics including classroom environment, assessment, technology, and teacher development. …
Ever feel like you are giving assessments all the time? Between the pretest, post-test, quizzes, district benchmarks, state interim assessments, . . . Read more
Social Emotional Learning (SEL), or teaching the whole child is beginning to gain a more prominent foothold in education. Starting it in your classroom may seem daunting, even though you understand the value and research behind it. It was for me, but as I begin to see benefits, sometimes immediately, then as I do with anything, I dive right in with both feet. What does SEL look like in the kindergarten classroom? In 8th grade? What about at the high school level?