Critical Thinking and Creativity

Two weeks back I posted a blog on critical thinking and creativity which connects to an article I just read from Doug Reeves in ASCD’s  Express  where he examines “The Assessment Gap in  Career  and College Readiness.” Reeves identifies  the call in Common Core Standards and from employers and college faculty for 21st century skills, […]

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Feedback for Student Learning Behaviors

I am currently working with a group of teachers and administrators who want to increase the effort of their students focused on critical learning behaviors. This focus matches my continual chorus that teachers do not cause student achievement…students cause student achievement. The real work of the teacher is to teach and model critical learning strategies […]

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A District Focus on Student Learning Behaviors

This week I had the great opportunity to work with educators in Leander Independent School District (LISD) in Texas. They held a two day professional development conference (The 19th Annual Continuous Improvement Conference). It was a great place for me to be presenting backwards planning from student achievement to student behaviors to teacher practices, as […]

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Teachers Flipping for New Student Behaviors

You’ve probably seen the YouTube video clips of teachers who have flipped their classrooms or flipped homework. In these examples teachers have recorded their lectures, demonstrations, or explanations for students to view online at home and taken the work that was previously given as homework and had students work on it in class. I was […]

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Leaders and Teachers – Failing the Way to Innovation

Last week’s blog addressed the role of making mistakes as an important component of student learning. Students need to be comfortable knowing that failing is a step on the path to learning and succeeding. Michael Chirichello, from Leadership Matters LLC, commented on the blog about the role of school leaders… “Your discussion on risk taking […]

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Student Engagement

My current reading is Phillip Schlechty’s book EngagingStudents: The Next Level of Working on the Work.I have just finished the first section on engagement. Schlechty defines student responses to a learning task as: (pg 16) Engagement: The student is attentive and focuses on the task with commitment and persistence and finds value and meaning in […]

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