Better all the time
If we believe that we are to help our learners to make at least one year of growth for every year of schooling, then it would seem logical that as educators we focus on improving our practice every year we teach. This
Oscar Wilde once wrote “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” Imagine what he’d think today with the overwhelming amount of digital information at everyone’s fingertips.
Inside student-led, inquiry-based classrooms, teachers know that building digital literacy and media skills deserves focused attention. While our students
I walked into a classroom and noticed an Albert Einstein poster on the wall. This wasn’t a particularly unique poster. It showed a headshot of Albert Einstein with the quote, “imagination is more important than knowledge.” I have seen this poster countless times, but on this
In my National Writing Project summer institute, each morning begins with a participant sharing a short powerful text to use as an inspiration for writing. This last year, NWP fellow Nancy Tacke shared a poem entitled “I Remember.” The poem first listed several intense memories
In 1983 I arrived in the US as a 9 year old worried about accommodating to a new context without my extended family. My first schooling encounter involved my third grade teacher, who asked my name on the first day and I replied “Eduar” (officially
Sometimes we are surprised by students’ thoughtful questions. To act upon them, however, we need very special qualities and preparations. Let’s see what those might include.
This is what happened recently to second grade teacher Judy Frohman of Livingston, New Jersey, who began teaching a unit
Whatever you call it: Holistic, balanced, or comprehensive, there’s more to assessment than standardized testing. With the disturbance in the forces of assessment we have unprecedented opportunities to return assessment to its roots: Back to the local level, inside the school, within the classroom, planned
In the first post in this series, we covered Collaborative Teacher Inquiry. Yesterday we talked about the first three partnership principles from Jim Knight. Today we’ll cover the remaining four principles.
Principle #4 - Reflection: Reflection is an Integral Part of Professional Learning
Knight (2011) notes that
In my first post, we covered the strategy of Collaborative Teacher Inquiry.
In a training I recently attended with Jim, he also offered seven ‘Partnership Principles’ as a way of thinking and being in helping relationships. These ideas resonated with me as they can be applied
This is the first post in a three-part series on Collaborative Inquiry. Read Part Two: Partnership Principles 1-3 and Part Three: Partnership Principles 4-7.
Collaborative teacher inquiry is a promising strategy for improving students’ well-being and achievement. During a collaborative inquiry cycle, teachers come together to: