High Score Secrets on new Teacher Evals

The new teacher evaluations can be stressful and are different than what many of us are used to. They are more frequent and focus on pretty specific descriptive feedback which is different then the pass/fail model from the past. As one who has observed many teachers, many times using the new model: here is the secret to a successful observation and overall evaluation… Continue reading


Be the “Corner” for students!

2015/01/img_5661.jpgA Corner-man is the name for the coaches/trainers who work with an individual fighter/boxer during the match. It’s a great metaphor for what we should be doing as educators: individualized feedback, intense support for the individual student, and a team effort to help the student “win” at school. In my view, all of our students are truly in an individual fight against peer pressure, non-stop schedules, and of course assignments/homework.

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In a recent chat on Twitter, we were discussing questions like, “If you could have any historical figure talk to your class, who would it be?” and “If you could change anything in education’s past, what would it be?” I was expecting some great answers that touched on some of our most challenging times in educational history and drew attention to the injustice/inequity/inadequacy of public schools from long ago. Instead I was shocked by what I would consider a short-sighted answer: TESTING. Continue reading