Students Remember Experiences, Rarely Grades – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Students Remember Experiences, Rarely Grades Students Remember Experiences, Rarely Grades As a kid, my parents used to take me to professional baseball and hockey games all the time.  Even though I was an avid sports fan, I think I looked forward to the food and walking around the venue more than watching the sport that was being played.  Over time this changed, but as a kid eating junk food all day and not worrying about calories, sugar,…

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How To Handle A Student Whose Grades (And Behavior) Have Dropped – Education Article

If you’re a regular reader of SCM, and therefore a keen observer of your class, a drop in a student’s grades, performance, and behavior becomes quickly noticeable. We’re used to this, of course. All students have ups and downs over a long school year. If you’re like most teachers, however, your normal response may be doing more harm than good. You see, it’s common to immediately pull struggling students aside for a chat. This may include a series of questions,…

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A Principal’s Reflections: The Problem With Zeros – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: The Problem With Zeros The Problem With Zeros The dreaded zero. For many students, this number elicits a certain amount of fear and anxiety that all assignments are turned in on time. I, for one, felt this way and made sure that everything was turned in when it was due.  Compliance and following rules, even if I didn’t agree with them, were just natural parts of my view of school.  Unfortunately, the effect does not transcend to…

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Planning Blind: The Limitations of Test Scores – Education Article

Warning: Grumpy face. You’ve run the race, and you need to start strategizing how you will train for the next one. But you won’t know the results of the race for months. Innovation can be exhilarating… as well as exhausting, and challenging given our current levels of funding (and therefore staffing, training and other resources). I think I have already written about that to some degree this year. Innovation with the added pressure of being an “F” school in the…

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