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February 10th, 2017

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New Teachers: Classroom-Management Fundamentals. Tips, Advice, and Strategies Classroom-Management: Important Big-Picture Questions: Before getting into the minutiae, consider how you organize your space, what learning looks like, and how you're building relationships with families.

New Teachers: Classroom-Management Fundamentals

(Edutopia, 2015)5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers: Discover five straightforward classroom-management strategies that you can use immediately. Do No Harm: Flexible and Smart Grading Practices. My Edutopia post When Grading Harms Student Learning generated a lot of buzz.

Do No Harm: Flexible and Smart Grading Practices

Grading is an emotional subject, with strong-held opinions and ideas. I was really excited to see discussion on all sides of the issue. Remembering Richard DuFour, Leading Voice on Professional Learning Communities. We were saddened to learn of the death February 8th of Richard P.

Remembering Richard DuFour, Leading Voice on Professional Learning Communities

DuFour, influential educator, thought leader, and writer, who was the leading voice on using professional learning communities to drive teacher and student learning in schools. As principal of Adlai Stevenson High School and later superintendent of the Adlai Stevenson High School District in the 1980s, DuFour used the PLC process to dramatically raise student achievement, leading Stevenson High School to win many national awards. He drew on this experience to develop his Professional Learning Communities at Work model. As an author (eight books and many articles), presenter, and consultant, he (with his wife, Rebecca DuFour) went on to inform and inspire many other educators about using PLCs to energize teaching and turn schools around.

The Risks of Guesstimating Homework Time. It is often said that a sign of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting different results each time. This sums up how most American schools are dealing with the homework issue. Not only does homework impact students but it also impacts their families. It is common for students and families to feel that they don’t have the time it takes to maintain a healthy balance between work and the rest of their lives.

Family time that could be spent getting outdoors, visiting friends and relatives, and relaxing is being unnecessarily burdened by the large amount of homework kids have to do. One student’s homework has the power to reshape how the entire family spends its time and sets its schedules. Where is reflection in the learning process? Today, we finished the second week of an interpersonal communications course.

Where is reflection in the learning process?

The students in the course are first term college students, a few fresh out of high school. As is my common practice, I end my week of instruction with reflective questions for the students: