Wisdom Begins with Wonder

What makes for high quality teacher learning?

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about teacher learning (aka professional development). Why? A few reasons: I’m taking a class at UW Oshkosh this summer about professional development and doing research for this class I was selected as one of ten Success at the Core Fellows and this organization is all about professional […]

Vacation?

What can you do today to make yourself a better teacher? I have a confession to make. I’m a learning junkie. There – I said it! Yesterday was the first day of my Winter Break. I’ve been mildly sick all of the last week of school and refusing to stay home because I didn’t want […]

Why I’m UNgrading my students

I couldn’t call it DE-grading, now could I… It couldn’t really be this easy, could it? Increased motivation to learn for the sake of learning More time on task A rise in creativity and critical thinking Improved work completion A much more positive classroom culture No angry calls from parents I’ve seen all of these […]

Endorphins – the natural Ritalin

I saw John Medina (author of the fascinating book Brain Rules) speak at a state teacher’s conference a few year ago.  He said something then that has remained with me to this day.  There are 4 questions that motivate us to pay attention: Can it eat me? Can I eat it? Can I mate with […]