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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Teacher Inventor Entrepreneurs Tech Savvy Trend

Teacher inventor entrepreneurs are the next tech savvy trend.  Teachers  in classrooms have often been compared to small business owners.  Teachers producing products and selling them are commonplace.  Look at the explosion of Teachers Pay Teachers, for example. Teachers have heart.  They also have plastic.  Teachers spend an estimated 1.6 …

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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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