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Increasing Student Engagement

The LEARN team met last week, but with the really short week combined with some sick Kinnee kids, I am just getting around to blogging about it now. I know you have been WAITING for this email to come to your inbox!

The LEARN team is for any teachers to join, and the focus is to study the Danielson rubric to improve our own professional practice. This week, 3 different teams met with 3 different focuses: student OWNERSHIP, student ENGAGEMENT, and formative and summative ASSESSMENT.

I am not going to write about all 3 of these topics in this blog entry because it would be too long. If you are a teacher in 214 reading this and want to join our schoology page to access the LEARN team resources, here is the join code: HP9WS-XQ7BM.

Today, I am just going to focus on student engagement. We KNOW student engagement is important! We KNOW it leads to increased student learning! We WANT students to be engaged in our classes! But, sometimes it feels like that is really, really hard to make happen. Continue reading “Increasing Student Engagement”

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Danielson: Why Do I Care?

The Danielson framework for teaching and learning may feel like something you pull out of a drawer and dust off a couple of times a year when you are goal setting and going through the formal observation process.

But, good teaching is good teaching, and Charlotte Danielson kind of knows what she is talking about! When you look at our big school initiatives this year, you can see how easily what we are asked to focus on aligns with what good teaching is. Continue reading “Danielson: Why Do I Care?”