Mindfulness Matters: A Middle School’s Experience with Managing School Avoidance

Mindfulness Matters: A Middle School’s Experience with Managing School Avoidance What does calm mean in a middle school? It might sound like students presenting pieces of writing in clear, sure voices in a language arts classroom, or offering [...]

Design to Make a Difference at Highland Middle School: Empowering Students to Solve Problems at School

Design to Make a Difference at Highland Middle School: Empowering Students to Solve Problems at School Students have a unique perspective on the life of a school. We wondered what would happen if we asked students to identify [...]

By |2021-03-12T12:26:49-05:00March 31st, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

The Fall of Grades

The Fall of Grades “Grades during this time should be used as feedback instead of instruments of compliance.” The Illinois Governor, J. B. Pritzker, made this statement when announcing that schools across the state would be closed until [...]

“What do you notice?” Writing Like the Experts

“What do you notice?” Writing Like the Experts In our classrooms, we spend time brainstorming and coming up with interesting and personalized writing topics. We take hours to gather relevant research. We invest the time in helping students plan [...]

3 Ideas to Fit Problem-Based Learning Into Your Instruction

3 Ideas to Fit Problem-Based Learning Into Your Instruction One thing that is a constant in our profession is that nothing is constant. Pedagogy, technology, assessments, and even the students themselves are ever-evolving, and it sometimes feels like [...]

Engaging Students in Reading Throughout the Content Areas…During & After COVID

Engaging Students in Reading Throughout the Content Areas…During & After COVID You’re in front of your class (post-COVID, of course) teaching about the Declaration of Independence. You LOVE teaching this unit and you are pumped. You have created [...]

By |2020-12-15T10:44:37-05:00December 15th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

The 4 Gift Rule of Education Technology

The 4 Gift Rule of Education Technology I am notorious in my family for wanting to give everyone, everything, during the holidays. However, I know I can’t actually do this, and have to make calculated, thoughtful decisions about [...]

By |2020-11-14T13:30:59-05:00November 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

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