Beginning a Schoolwide High Expectations Initiative

In the last 11 years in my work as a curriculum and assessment coach, as an assistant principal and now as a principal, I have had the opportunity to be in a lot of classrooms. I’ve seen instruction from teachers who consistently achieve incredible growth and high achievement from their students year after year no… Continue reading Beginning a Schoolwide High Expectations Initiative

How Setting Goals Jump-Starts Student Achievement

These great recommendations for goal-setting came were recently offered, and we thought adding to them would be beneficial here. Feel free to pass these ideas along to your teachers or instructional teams! How Setting Goals Jump-Starts Student Achievement The visible learning research shows the importance of helping learners “see” their learning. It also helps learners… Continue reading How Setting Goals Jump-Starts Student Achievement

Far-Reaching Deal , McGraw-Hill and Open Educational Resources

What Are Open Educational Resources? Open educational resources (OER) are open and free instructional materials not restricted by licensing. Open educational resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes. There is no universal usage of open file formats in OER. McGraw-Hill… Continue reading Far-Reaching Deal , McGraw-Hill and Open Educational Resources

Learning Targets and Success Criteria

A learning target is a short-term goal or statement of intended learning. When paired with success criteria, it gives a clear direction for the progress of the teacher and students. In this article, Diane MacKinnon shares her experiences working with learning targets and success criteria.  Knowing Where You’re Going by Diane Young MacKinnon Although I’m… Continue reading Learning Targets and Success Criteria

Data, Culture, and Teacher Leaders

Originally posted in https://www.nassp.org/2018/12/01/role-call-december-2018/ Gunston Middle School is a school in northern Virginia with more than 60 different nationalities and more than 30 different home languages represented within the student body. We were a school that celebrated rich diversity, but we did not equitably educate all students for high levels of success. Gunston had a history… Continue reading Data, Culture, and Teacher Leaders

NASSP Trending: December 2018

According to NASSP, 81% of principals and 84% of teachers agree to the statement, “I wish I had more professional development that is tailored to my needs.” Both groups stated the need for strategies as a priority.  While “strategies” is the word used, it’s more like tactics, tips, and tricks for: Leading and motivating staff.… Continue reading NASSP Trending: December 2018

Early Childhood Math Questioning Strategies

Strategies using the What Work’s Clearinghouse practice guide Teaching Math To Young Children’s Recommendation 4, “Teach Children to View and Describe Their World Mathematically.”

Teachers should ask questions that require children to use math-related term to describe something. For example, asking, how can we find out? How many children are here today? How many snacks we need, et cetera, gives children the opportunity to communicate about a math strategy, and then to practice that strategy. Additionally, when asking open-ended… Continue reading Early Childhood Math Questioning Strategies

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Students Always Care, It’s just…

[divider style=’full’] Hal Bowman is a consultant, speaker, and creator of the “Teach Like A Rockstar” workshop, “Hal Bowman’s Be The One” program, and ardent shaper of school cultures. [divider style=’full’] Some kids act like they don’t care. Others will straight up tell you they don’t care. Everyone has kids in class who say they… Continue reading Students Always Care, It’s just…