It’s easy to be miserly and hold onto every resource, thinking it might be the last. But I’ve learned that what I have can grow – when I use it well. The same is true of our classroom resources.
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When I see successful lessons, I’m almost always most impressed with how the teacher has set the stage for success. When I look back on my biggest failures, it was almost always a lack scaffolding that caused the problem. Expectations and scaffolds are vital to classroom success.
The Curse of Knowledge: once you know something, it’s hard to think from the perspective of someone who doesn’t know it. And the more you know, the harder it gets.
I’m sure, as a teacher, you wonder about your students’ honest feedback. You’d like to know what they really think, but formal, anonymous evaluations from students are probably pretty darn scary. Here’s a much simpler way to get started…
One comment I hear that really breaks my heart is: “My students couldn’t do that.”
Sure, students use a lot of technology, but that doesn’t mean they use it correctly, completely, or competently. Kids have an improvised tech-literacy in the same way a bright child might have an improvised ability to read before starting school.
Why “is this good?” is driving me mad.