Learner Variability

What is the one constant in education today? Well, it varies. Something I've spent a lot of time on lately is learner variability. This focus grew out of my interest in supporting social emotional learning. In learning about supporting student's emotional health and incorporating practices and strategies to encourage social-emotional growth I began looking carefully…

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…

Single Voices, Global Choices Project

Audio as read by Lynn Thomas Planning is well underway for Single Voices, Global Choices having begun a few months ago. The project, already boasting 107 teachers from 95 schools in 46 countries, plans on centering social emotional learning and connections-based learning by focusing on international events created by the United Nations and other organizations…

“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…

R is for Reflection

Mirror, mirror, on the wall... Audio read by Lynn Thomas Usually, when we talk about reflection in education we are referring to assessment and evaluation. We evaluate through reflecting, that is, thoughtful consideration (#7) or meditation (#6) on something. Both of these qualify as the action we take as educators to assess and evaluate whether…

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…