Collaborative Behavior Planning: Putting Students at the Helm

Francesca RivelliniBlog, Class Management, Engagement, Innovation, UDL

In this post: Discover the biggest problem with most student behavior plans What is a student-led behavior plan? Steps to make a student-led behavior plan work for students and teachers Let’s get this out in the open: implementing and designing behavior plans to improve the behavior of challenging students is not an easy task. Sometimes they work, and sometimes they … Read More

3 Ways to Focus on the “Why” Instead of the “What” – Building Deeper Meaning in Learning

Tiffany OttBlog, Competency Based Learning, Engagement, Innovation, Lesson Planning, Mastery Learning, Self-Paced Learning, Standards-Based Grading

In this post: How to move from “What” to “Why” Dive into DoK to deepen the learning Just ask! The power of asking your students “Why” Don’t rob students of the chance to discover and go deeper Ban “What” From Your Classroom Education has long been far too focused on the acquisition of information and learning how to follow algorithms … Read More

When is the Right Time in Teaching to…?

Jeffrey KubiakAdministration, Blog, Class Management, Engagement, Innovation, Lesson Planning

In This Post: Deciding when you should, and shouldn’t, discuss controversial topics with students. Is it ever the right time for test prep? Putting on your #GritBritches and sticking your neck out for awesomeness! When is the right time to…? Such an ever-present question, right? Have you ever found yourself wondering, “Is now a good time to discuss ____?” or … Read More

Mastering the “Gray Area” Transition to Standards-Based Grading

Rae HughartBlog, Class Management, Innovation, Lesson Planning, Standards-Based Grading

Mastering the _Gray Area_ Transition to Standards-Based Grading (1)

Have you considered the “gray area” during the transition from a traditional grade book to Standards-Based Grading? It can take multiple years for an effective shift to Standards-Based Grading for grade books and feedback provided in the classroom. As districts navigate the transition, there is a lot to think out, plan out, and put into practice. So, how do teachers manage in … Read More