What I Learned This Week With Online Teaching

Like many of you, this past week was my first week of moving to an all-online format for teaching. It was definitely a week of both blessings and challenges. As I follow education folks on Twitter, it does seem like those of us who teach in high schools have an advantage over elementary and middle …

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Basic Premises for an Online Education Transition

This week my school decided to transition to online-only education for at least a week following our Spring Break, which is this week. I am sure that many of you are in the same situation. Because of the rapid nature of this transition due to societal events, there is a lot of angst over what …

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My Three Words Guiding 2020

Several years ago the #OneWord movement began in education. This is where educators select a word that will guide them in the coming year -- a focal point for their work in their next trip around the sun. Twitter is a common place for these words to be shared with other educators looking for support …

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#PBL Skills Progression

Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to watch multi-grade project based learning (PBL) in action at Astoria Lutheran School in Queens, NY. It was a wonderful day of affirming their school model and helping identify next steps with the faculty of the school. As I observed PBL in action in preparation for afternoon conversations with …

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Session Resources — LSA Conference

Yesterday I had the privilege in participating at the Lutheran Schools Association conference, held at Long Island Lutheran High School and Middle School. In the two sessions we reviewed and discussed with participants the topics of formative assessment and faith integration in the classroom. As is my pattern, resources and session notes for the two …

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Students and School Design Ideas

Each year my Lights Academy seniors take on the challenge of identifying design issues within the school and making proposals for addressing those issues in a positive manner. They do the research, share their ideas as a class, and then they pursue the proposals they choose. Two weeks ago my student Bri (pictured in the …

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