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Making Memories for Students by Hollie Hamaker

Making Memories for Students by Hollie Hamaker

January 07, 2021 | History Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen "Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods, and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system." -Sidney Hook Think of your favorite teacher from when you were in school. What do you remember from them? I doubt it was taking notes or listening to...

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Reformation: Attitudes About Student Learning Ability

Reformation: Attitudes About Student Learning Ability

November 09, 2020 | Curriculum Performance Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen We’ve all heard the idea that every student can learn, but believing that takes on a whole new level of faith when you’re in the trenches with struggling students. Our gut instinct is to get out of the situation and hand that student over to someone “more qualified” to...

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Reformation: Content Delivery

Reformation: Content Delivery

November 06, 2020 | Curriculum Performance Student Achievement Students Teachers Technology

Listen Lecture is incredibly difficult to get away from, isn’t it? Even in the earlier grades, it’s often difficult to let go and let discover rather than presenting all the information known to mankind in the areas in which we are certified experts. Science tells us that lecture is ineffective...

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The Most Important Piece of the Virtual Classroom Puzzle:  Re-Engagement - Laura McDonell

The Most Important Piece of the Virtual Classroom Puzzle:  Re-Engagement - Laura McDonell

November 04, 2020 | Curriculum Remote learning Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen     Imagine this. You are a 10th grader.  Week one, you are coming off summer break to find out that your parents signed you up for virtual learning. Frustration is an understatement as you beg and beg to go to school in person.  In an effort to show...

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Book Review: The Distance Learning Playbook

Book Review: The Distance Learning Playbook

November 03, 2020 | Organization Performance Planning Remote learning Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen I was mowing the yard, listening to some education podcasts a couple of weeks ago, and listened to two different podcasters interview the authors of The Distance Learning Playbook: Teaching for Engagement & Impact in Any Setting.  First, it was Justin Baeder of Principal Center Radio interviewing Douglas Fisher....

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Tips for Virtual Teaching for Lower Elementary

Tips for Virtual Teaching for Lower Elementary

October 30, 2020 | Remote learning Student Achievement Students Teachers Technology

Listen Introduction Teaching elementary students online is a difficult prospect, but a necessary one given the circumstances of the world today. There are naysayers who will say that teaching online at this age is impossible, that the difficulties and barriers make virtual teaching ineffective.This is not true, but it is...

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Reformation: Creating or Redefining Your Purpose Statements

Reformation: Creating or Redefining Your Purpose Statements

October 14, 2020 | Administrators Leadership Organization Student Achievement Teachers

Listen In our last article, we shared some of the mission statements, vision statements, and value lists for some of the top schools in the world. As we looked through these statements, we were really inspired to work on our own statements. Many, if not all, schools and districts have...

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Technology and Education in the 21st Century By Debbie Thoreson

Technology and Education in the 21st Century By Debbie Thoreson

October 09, 2020 | Digital Planning Student Achievement Teachers

Listen            As a teacher, I have often thought, “Seriously, why does this student think I’ll believe this is hard for him?” After all, I begin with the same historical texts as I have for nearly a decade; yet I notice each year there are more...

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Reformation: Embracing the Outdoors

Reformation: Embracing the Outdoors

October 07, 2020 | Mental Health Performance Stress Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen In this article, we’ll take a step away from our eleven leaders and reach a bit further out, because there are many schools around the world who have used the opportunity the pandemic has provided to be outdoors more. Pre-pandemic, many schools and districts in the U.S. added more...

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Part 1: Reformation: Indoor Learning Environments

Part 1: Reformation: Indoor Learning Environments

October 05, 2020 | Mental Health Physical Activity Remote learning School Safety Student Achievement Students

Listen We thought we were breaking boundaries with flexible seating.  The reality is, though,  we’re probably still doing everything the same. The only difference is just that we’ve offered our students “fun” chairs. Reforming education is no more about offering the same old, tired content to kids sitting on bouncy...

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Answering "Why" in Professional Development

Answering "Why" in Professional Development

September 21, 2020 | Administrators Organization Performance Student Achievement Teachers

Listen Years ago, I was in a professional development meeting that tackled the topic of adding “essential questions” to each of our planned lessons. There was instruction on the language we should use, the structure of the questions themselves, and how to tie each question to state standards. Yet I...

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Education Podcasts, Part 2: What We Have Learned from Them

Education Podcasts, Part 2: What We Have Learned from Them

September 15, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Higher learning Parents Performance Student Achievement Teachers Technology

Listen We wanted to share some of what we have learned recently from the education podcasts we have been listening to. Principal Center Radio Douglas Fisher - The Distance Learning Playbook (Jul 31) Douglas Fisher’s has some great, practical tips on distance learning!  He suggests that teachers should integrate synchronous...

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