15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #9 Prioritize Conferring from the Start

This is going to be a tough one to write. It's going to be honest, and it isn't going to be pretty. My goal as a teacher-writer isn't to paint myself in a glowing light. Quite the contrary, in fact. My goal is to show myself as I truly am: a flawed but dedicated classroom … Continue reading 15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #9 Prioritize Conferring from the Start

15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #8 Tech Play Before Academics

Think about a time you introduced a new tool to your students. Perhaps you're thinking about the time you taught them how to change their backgrounds on Zoom? Maybe you're thinking about the time you first handed them a personal white board and dry erase marker? Some of you might be thinking about the time … Continue reading 15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #8 Tech Play Before Academics

15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #7 Establishing Routines for Learning

After starting to establish relationships with students, perhaps the next most important action we can start to work toward is establishing predictable and consistent, yet flexible routines and procedures for learning. When routines are in place and understood by all involved, it's much easier for a seamless school day to take place. I'll never forget … Continue reading 15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #7 Establishing Routines for Learning

15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #3 Predictable & Productive Communication with Caregivers

Quote from Nat Turner, Image is my own from Shoreline Park in Mountain View, CA My school community is pretty unique. We sit right next to a big university, so we serve many of the university employee's children. Many of our families both live and work within walking or biking distance of our school. Some … Continue reading 15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #3 Predictable & Productive Communication with Caregivers

15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #2 Build & Maintain Student Relationships Before Academics

Building and maintaining positive relationships with students is absolutely everything. Without trusting relationships, teaching will be less effective, students will be less engaged, and much of what we do will be for naught. I made mistakes with maintaining student relationships this past spring, and have intentionally made plans to build and maintain trusting relationships come … Continue reading 15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #2 Build & Maintain Student Relationships Before Academics