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Grave vs Pity: An Apology in Education

Grave vs Pity: An Apology in Education

In a recent encounter with a student, I found myself reflecting on the delicate balance between assistance and unintended misinterpretation. This student is consistently engaged and participative in the class. However, they have one assignment that hasn’t been turned...

SBG vs Seat Time

SBG vs Seat Time

Standards-based grading and compulsory school time are two competing factors that send mixed messages to the school community. On the one hand, standards are a set level of achievement or proficiency that students attempt to meet in a given school year. When students...

Controlling Students

Controlling Students

I wrote in my last post that students have been leading their own learning, and at the end of that post, I encouraged others to start their own processes. As I wrote the last post, it became too long, and here I am sharing another one in order to help anyone who needs...

Gapminder

Gapminder

I am writing these more procedural lesson plans because I have two new teachers teaching the same course as me who just started this week. They are taking over for someone who is moving into a new role. I wanted them to have a greater understanding of what I do on a...

Independent Inquiry Projects

Independent Inquiry Projects

To say that the past two years have been a struggle for everyone is an understatement. Personally, I haven’t been the teacher that I know I could be. A few good friends have reminded me of a way to get back to that person, and here I am writing again. I needed it and...

When the right answer is ultimately wrong

When the right answer is ultimately wrong

I was taught the right way to eat a Snickers bar in second grade. While I would like to tell you how to do it, I promised Mrs. Meadowcraft I would never tell, and out of my deep respect for her, I won’t. At seven years old, I felt special that I knew the right way to...

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