Y is for YOU and other Y’s

YOU John Hattie, in his ground-breaking work Visible Learning, concluded that teachers are among the most powerful influences in learning. He found that a "teacher's beliefs and commitments are the greatest influence on student achievement" (Hattie 25). Teachers do this by constantly evaluating and assessing, not just students, but their teaching methods and the effectiveness…

“X” Marks the Spot

Audio read by Lynn Thomas I began writing this series a year and a half ago to explore the many considerations we need to contemplate regarding the changes that will occur in the next decade and what our students will need to be successful in that time-frame and beyond. Access, happiness, mental well-being, reflection, patience,…

W is for Wonder

won·der/ˈwəndər/ Audio read by Lynn Thomas noun 1. a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable. verb desire or be curious to know something.feel doubt. Wonder is an interesting word full of star-struck awe to curious exploration to inexplicable confusion. More than anything right now, I vacillate amongst…

Q is for Questions and Not Getting Caught in the Quagmire

A teacher's job is full of questions; that's what we do really, live in questions. Answering, asking, composing, rephrasing -- all those questions fill our day. And then we ask some more questions -- questions that we hope will challenge our students, push them deeper, and foster critical thinking. We perfect our questioning skills to…