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

Books on failing forward for primary students

Failing... I just saw a Grade 4 student cry today. He would not say why and wiped his tears quickly. I asked a friend of his who told me that he had come last in the run and that's why he was upset. I felt empathetic. I imagined how it feels when you don't get … Continue reading Books on failing forward for primary students

Grounding activities

Grounding activities are warming up your participants and assuming they are ready to learn, come with a positive mindset and want to grow. I prefer this term to "ice-breaker" that assumes people need to break this ice, that the atmosphere is ice cold and perhaps the minds are close and rigid... Here are some very … Continue reading Grounding activities

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?