Malala and Helping Students Find Their Voice

I am no doubt behind the times, but over the past month I have become very interested in the remarkable story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for education and woman's rights who was shot in the head by the Taliban at age 15, survived, and continues her crusade today. With her father as her …

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Favorite Primer for Student Questions

I have participated in a number of Twitter education chats over the past few days where the skill of student questioning has been discussed. Those of you who have read my posts in the past know that I am an advocate for getting student to ask really good questions and then giving them permission to …

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IEP Thought Conversation

As I was reading a professional book today, the following conversation took place in my mind: Why are IEPs for only a subset of students? Because they are a legal requirement for providing proper support for those students that qualify for and receive special education services. IEP stands for "Individualized Education Program", right? Yup So …

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“I’ve Thought About….” and PBL

I have been working with my Lights Academy students on innovation projects -- projects that are designed to build on something already created or solve a problem in a new way. This is a concept that is often a challenge for juniors and seniors. Their typical school experience through the years comes from absorbing the …

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Students, Educators, and Sleep (Part Three and Project Plan)

This is the third in a series of posts about Students, Educators and sleep. Below you may follow links to the first two posts on this topic: Students, Educators, and Sleep (Part One) Students, Educators, and Sleep (Part Two) The first post raised the idea that we need a larger conversation about this topic within …

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Tweet of the Day — 1.15.2018

Here is today's tweet of the day, courtesy of @MrTomRad, and some short commentary about the tweet: A few thoughts: Quiet is important at times. There are some students for whom quiet is necessary to learn effectively. Quiet is also essential for respecting others when they are sharing their thoughts and opinions. Learning quiet at …

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