Education Needs Science
As educators, we need to start digging beyond the tales told to us. We need to do more than look for the narrative next door. Narratives are fantastic, but at the end of the day, the story is just a story. Science can help us explain.
Get Out of the Way
Today, I took a moment out of each of my classes to stop and look around the room. Everywhere, there was activity and discussion, invention and debate, as well as reflection and perseverance happening in droves. Heads were focused on their work, hands were pointing or gesturing in explanation, and exclamations of excitement were happening…
Feedback FOR Learning
My students are starting to wrap up their first project of the school year, which is to create a model of a food web. They are doing some amazing work … and I couldn’t be happier with all they have accomplished so far. At this point in the process, we start peer reviewing to get…
Be Together. Not the Same.
Ever looked at student work and thought it all looked the same? At some point last year, I remember flipping through something the students had worked on and thinking, “Man, that’s interesting. These are all the same thing”. I immediately went back and looked at the rubric. Of course it all looked the same, the rubric…
Why Don’t Report Cards Look Like Social Media?
Imagine it for a second. What if report cards looked like Twitter? Or Facebook? Or Instagram? I’ve heard a few people toss this idea around recently. At first, I couldn’t wrap my mind around it. But the more I pondered the idea, the more it started to make sense. Think about it. It could be really…
Students Owning the Assessment Process Through Rubric Creation
Ah, rubrics. The favored tool for assessment by teachers. Loved for their wonderful detail and their range of performance levels, rubrics are a great way to communicate expectations to students. Just like other teachers, I love a good rubric. There’s just one problem … I’m really horrible at making them. I’m so horrible, in fact, that I’ve…
Bringing Science to Life
At the start of the year, I asked my students to define science. Here are some of their responses … Cool, huh? They have a lot of great ideas! Many of those ideas center around hands-on activities, which is awesome and definitely a huge part of science (in the classroom or out of the classroom).…
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