For an entire week, I pondered, thought out loud, scribbled notes, scratched my head, abandoned ideas and worried about what I was going to write for this blog post. When finally I had an hour of quiet in my house, which is rare with 3 young daughters, I knew this was my opportunity. I hoped the words would just come to me and I would quickly type away. But that didn’t happen. I sat for the hour typing and deleting, feeling discouraged and drained. I knew I needed to stop overthinking it. The hour flew by and I had not one word down on the page. I had lots of ideas floating around in my head, but I couldn’t figure out how to get started. So I texted a dear friend and told her I was about to burst from writer’s block. Simply put- she said, “That’s your story!” (more…)
Have you ever attended an Edcamp? If the answer is yes, then you know how powerful and energizing this learning experience can be for educators. As teachers we wondered if this same structure could be just as powerful and uplifting for kids? The answer is yes! Two years ago we did an #EdcampKids with grades 3-5 at J.W. Reason Elementary. It was even more successful than we imagined.
The following year I switched to a new grade level, which was 5th grade, and as a grade level team we had not implemented an Edcamp for Kids. The year, just like every year, was speeding by and we were at a point in the school year where we were reflecting on our teaching and learning. My colleagues and I decided that our 5th graders needed to do an Edcamp for Kids for the following reasons: (more…)
Your Task: Discuss with parents and/or caregivers, the strengths and needs of a student’s learning over the past two and a half months, in a positive and professional manner. Be as specific as you can with your information, providing students work samples and materials for practice at home where possible. You have 15-minute intervals to complete this task 20-30 times, before, during (lunch or planning time), or after school, throughout the next week. Good Luck!
To say the least, Parent-Teacher Conferences can be a challenge. All participants bring an agenda to the table, whether known or unknown, and time is of the essence. In our district, these conferences also happen to fall during a very demanding assessment window. How do we get it all done in a way that is beneficial and purposeful for all? Perhaps the following points can be of assistance. (more…)