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Grading for Mastery

April 21, 2015 Heather 0

With a mastery mindset as a goal, the next step is finding a relevant way to judge a student’s work. In a traditional school or classroom, we use an 100 point scale split up into A, B, C, D, and F. The question now is whether or not that is Read More

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Looking Ahead

April 14, 2015 Heather 0

This year was a struggle for me. I moved to a new state to teach a new grade to a new demographic. I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t get the chance to plan from experience. Most of what I did was put together as I went, brainstorms and Read More

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Grading Mindsets

March 31, 2015 Heather 0

I like keeping track of my students’ progress. I like watching them grow and being able to show that. It’s no wonder that grading practices interest me. My first school used a rubric based report card that I learned to love, but my current school uses traditional grading. This school Read More

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Teaching Stellaluna

March 24, 2015 Heather 1

Last week my class worked with the book Stellaluna and I began making my own connections with the text as we thought about and discussed the story. If you’re not familiar with the story, it is about a little bat that gets lost during an owl attack. In the morning Read More

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Learning, a letter to my students

March 17, 2015 Heather 0

You’re not perfect. There are a lot of things you won’t be good at. You won’t always win. You won’t get everything right the first time. Or the second. Maybe not even the third time. You will mess up. You will fall. You will have bad days. I will probably Read More

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My Students’ Lives Matter

March 12, 2015 Heather 0

My skin is white and sometimes I feel like I shouldn’t have a voice. I don’t live in fear because of the color of my skin. I have white privilege, whether I want it or not. How do I know what black people feel? Why would my voice matter, without Read More

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