When the shit hits the fan. Let’s face it. Lesson planning takes time, effort, attention to detail, and long hours of thinking about all the ways it could blow up in your face. That being said, even the most fastidious, dedicated and detailed oriented person can not think of everything. Any experienced teacher will tell […]Read more "The Busted Lesson"
Have you ever felt the creeping doubt seep into every fiber of your body? The slow dread of talking yourself out of taking action on an important task? How do confident people do it? More importantly when you see the fear creep into a students’ eyes in class, how do you respond as a mentor, […]Read more "Confidence"
I ask myself that question constantly. The look of engaged students chomping at the bit to ask more and more questions. Kids getting into arguments about hypotheses and debating all sorts of ideas. This is student led learning at its best. But how do we as educators actually create that in the classroom? What protocols […]Read more "What does curiosity look like in the classroom?"
My last post was a about a simple hack to get kids who are normally on the more quiet end of the conversation spectrum to participate more in class. I discovered that it was not that they didn’t have anything to say, it was that they didn’t feel comfortable expressing opinions out loud. By creating […]Read more "Facilitate the classroom: Part Deux"
In my class, I had two protocols in place to encourage students to participate more. Today I’m only going to talk about the first one. I’ll save the second for a followup post. For years I struggled with how to get students who were less sure of themselves and a little on the quiet side […]Read more "Facilitate the Classroom"