the practice of teaching

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Active Learning

Recently I attended a 2 day workshop from Cambridge International Education on Active Learning and Assessment for Learning. It was eye opening. Before the workshop, I really thought active learning was when students are up and moving and active. It... Continue Reading →

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 →

Protected: Instructional coaching

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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 →

Integrating more technology

I had the opportunity to attend CAMT (Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching) in San Antonio this past June. While at the conference, I learned so many things that I wanted to bring back to my classroom. I found... Continue Reading →

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