(image from mollyfletcher.com) Throughout the Creating Significant Environments graduate course, I have rediscovered the importance of doing just that - creating a significant learning environment. As teachers, we often hear that creating the right environment in your classroom will allow your students to feel welcome, comfortable, and safe. After reading about significant learning environments, I… Continue reading Creating Significant Learning Environments with Growth Mindset Learners
In a previous course, I had watched Carol Dweck explain the “power of yet” and the growth mindset. I was inspired then to incorporate this way of thinking into my personal life, as well as my professional life as a teacher. This is why I created a growth mindset plan to incorporate these ideas into… Continue reading Developing a Growth Mindset within my ePortfolio Innovation Plan
Often times throughout my life I have planned backwards. I wanted to make a large purchase so I determined the total cost and counted backwards to determine how much and for how long I would need to save. At school, I have time sensitive paperwork that needs to be completed and mailed to families, so… Continue reading Understanding by Design
Aligning outcomes, activities, and assessments are the most important parts that teachers need to consider when planning lessons. However, doing so in a time period where teachers are inundated with state assessment requirements and scores is not an easy task. Teachers will need to design their lessons with alignment in mind. By using Fink’s Self-Directed… Continue reading Aligning Outcomes, Assessment, and Activities
(image from triadcitybeat.com) I believe that a person needs to be a lifelong learner. I understand that this sounds cliche and is often stated by potential teachers partaking in an interview. However, I believe that the statement by itself is not fully understood. When a deeper look into the meaning of the phrase is taken,… Continue reading My Learning Philosophy
I found Daniel Pink’s Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us video interesting. Specifically, when he spoke about rewarding the top performers and ignoring the low performers. This is something I see frequently in my own building. We have focused very much in increasing the rigor of our college prep and above level courses,… Continue reading What Motivates Us?
At the beginning of his video, Douglas Thomas made a statement that was powerful, but true. He stated that learning comes natural everywhere but in the classroom. As young children, we learn by watching the things around us, mimicking actions or sounds, and then continuing to practice those skills until they are mastered. There isn’t… Continue reading A New Culture of Learning