Remember that professor you had in college who took you under his wing and made you feel like you had something unique to contribute to the world? How do you know if you're doing the same for students?
"Having a vision for the future is an natural extension of Hope and Optimism, another 21st century skill I proposed. A vision for the future enhances hope and optimism. To clarify, having a vision for the future is identifying and taking steps toward fulfilling one’s dream. It goes beyond and is qualitatively different than identifying what one wants to be when one grows up or thinking about college. It is about dreams."
In September 2012 Grant Wiggins had an article published 'Educational Leadership' (which is posted in this Scoop.it). That article was widely read and this article goes one step further, provide 13 detailed examples of how to provide better feedback for learning.
The examples range from a welding class with a performance task, to a 6th grade teacher working with students on peer review and self-assessment to 1st graders working on a map of the school. An additional 10 examples are provided.
This post not only provides examples but will probably spark you to look at how you provide feedback and come up with some new ideas to use with your students.
"No one likes failure, the F-word, no matter how you sugarcoat it. But failure is a part of life. Sometimes things don't work out. Sometimes you don't get what you want. Stuff happens. But if we recast these situations right, we learn to create a new normal, to persevere, to learn to be more flexible, or to redirect our energies."
"Good morning from Woodstock, Maine where we have roughly ten inches of new snow on the ground. The fresh snow combined with the approaching full moon reminded me of a couple of neat videos about snow and the moon.
The episode of Bytesize Science embedded below explains how snowflakes are created."
"Effective schools make a big difference in student achievement. Effective leadership makes a positive difference, too. Effective teachers, however, directly impact student learning and achievement. It’s been shown that teachers who have a large repertoire of effective instructional strategies teach differently."
"SAMR model has been under the spotlight for sometime now. There are a lot of educators who use it as a basis for technology integration in education. I have already covered this topic in some previous posts and have also featured several iPad apps that correlate with the different levels of SMAR. To help those of you not yet familiar with the SAMR concept and provide them with some practical ideas on how they can use in their teaching, I handpicked these three graphics and compiled them into the list below with links to the original resources. I invite you to check them out and share with your colleagues."