the practice of teaching

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Hacking a Hack

I am a big fan of Jennifer Gonzalez and her site┬áCult of Pedagogy. I follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Podcasts, and email. She gives very practical tips and is down to earth. If you don't follow her, you should. Last... Continue Reading →

#MyBad: When a lesson doesn’t stick

I just finished listening to 2 episodes of "MyBad" and realized that I need to do more reflection on my classroom practices, especially when a great lesson doesn't actually lead to learning. One of my earlier blog posts, "Using More... Continue Reading →

Hidden Decision Making

Last night I saw this video shared on Twitter. (Stop and take 6 minutes to watch it, and then come back here) Annie Fetter was sharing about the hidden decision making we all do in the classroom. As I... Continue Reading →

“That’s How You Grow”

Last year when I taught year 9 (U.S. 8th grade), I had 2 main things I wanted them to remember, and both are strong ideas that I've gotten over the years from Jo Boaler, Carol Dweck, and some of the... Continue Reading →

Winging it

Sometimes my best ideas come when I wing it. I don't wing it all the time, but I have been known to toss a plan out the window half an hour before a lesson and try something new. Today I... Continue Reading →

Sharing best practices

My school has a new head of secondary this year. One of the changes he's brought into our faculty meetings is to highlight good teaching practices, and encouraging others to try out new things in their own classrooms. I really... Continue Reading →

Jumpstart 2016: Module 8

This final post is a reflective piece about this course. What was your favorite module in this course? Why? I think getting social. I had been thinking about joining Twitter, and I am glad I had another push towards it.... Continue Reading →

Jumpstart 2016: Module 5

Module 5 is about getting social- on social media. I'm already fairly active on Facebook, but I haven't gotten on Twitter yet. I have been thinking about it lately, and I'm glad for this push to get on. When I... Continue Reading →

Jumpstart 2016: Module 4, part 3

For part 3, I am embedding a SlideShare created by someone else. I don't really use a lot of powerpoints in my teaching, but I do use interactive whiteboards and I save my presentations as PDFs. I suppose I could... Continue Reading →

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