Confessions of a Friday Folder, Good for Growth

Are backpacks portfolios? Portfolios in the form of a Friday folder yielded good growth confessions from my kids. “I got a yellow light”, my child confessed. “Do you know why?”, I responded. “No. Well, yea,” he replied humbly. The half-zipped Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle backpack contents resisted the plunge-grab-toss maneuvers …

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FanSchool meets middle school student needs

FanSchool and Books that Grow are two engaging software products that meet middle school student needs.  Middle level learners have distinct needs.  It’s important that tech tools for teaching, learning, assessing and reflecting at the middle school level respond to those needs.  It’s obvious from the ideas and new tools …

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Positive Parent Communication Matters to Climate Change

According to Forbes, PepsiCo’s CEO, Indra Nooyi, writes positive letters to her employees’ parents. Positive parent communication matters. It effects climate change. My first year of teaching, I started calling parents to tell them how great their child was. Middle school is quite a transition time for students and parents. …

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Memories and mind games…rocket scientist-style

What motivates a teacher to find new student engagement strategies? As I made the turn onto I-395.  under the square green “Washington” banner last night, the lump in my throat swelled. You bet the skies were ominous and threatening and the lightening was spectacular. But, for me, the glow of …

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