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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When is reflecting bullying?

When you insist that a student “reflect” on years of failing standardized test scores, are you a bully?  Seriously.  Let’s think about it.  There’s a power imbalance between the student and teacher.  There exists a continuous pattern of exerting the power to point out a negative attribute to the less …

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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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