Aminals

If you follow my escapades on Twitter, you know that I have a 4.9-year-old daughter named Pickle. (Seen here, age 2.7) Pickle, how many cars do you have? P: Five! Let’s count them. P: Otay! 1-2-3-4! How many are there? P: Five!#tmwyk pic.twitter.com/MKO1EguIag —...

Jasper or Learning is Hard

Earlier this year, my department adopted a new data-tool. It generates lovely reports that teachers and principals can use to understand numbers and stuff.   It’s also super-complicated and the forum is fairly sparse. My search for support also took me to...

Greener Grass

What gets measured… gets noticed. Told to me by the first administrator I had who was data-crazy, and she was mostly correct, with one tweak: What gets affirmed… gets encouraged You want more high-fives? Start giving high-fives. You want students talking?...

Growth and Humility

Arrogance sits at the core of traditional education. The idea that the teacher knows something and the student needs to understand it. One sees this arrogance in many traditional classrooms; an authoritarian adult keeps children in an orderly array and provides tasks...