Standards-Based Grading Session for Middle Schoolers

Hi everyone! I wanted to share my slides from the Middle School session I lead on Standards-Based Grading with 150 students in attendance from Gr . 6-7-8. You will see the laughing rubric from Susan Brookhart (cited) and I got permission to share the video clips of the laughters of 6 volunteers so feel free … Continue reading Standards-Based Grading Session for Middle Schoolers

Strategies for helping teachers to engage learners and increase learning retention

For me, the most effective way to support educators to engage learners and increase learning retention is Cognitive Coaching. The mission of Cognitive Coaching is to produce self-directed persons. With the skills of coaching patterns, building rapport, listening and inquiring to explore or specify thinking, we are able to clarify thoughts and go deeper into … Continue reading Strategies for helping teachers to engage learners and increase learning retention

Why are PLCs so important?

I have always been engaged in PLCs throughout my career as I am absolutely convinced that collaboration is an essential factor for moving from good to great. Because the nature of PLCs can be so diverse, its impact on student learning takes many forms. Co-building capacity amongst faculty, implementing new instructional strategies and reflecting on … Continue reading Why are PLCs so important?