The area of education is exciting because the research keeps getting stronger. It wasn't long ago it was common and forward thinking to say school principals should be instructional leaders. Over the years this idea has been pushed and administrators trained to become strong instructional leaders. Research started to show instructional . . .
TO START THINKING ABOUT TWO WAY COMMUNICATION
Have you ever discussed or thought about the importance of two-way communication
in education? Should we consider how we communicate? First, we should consider what
kind of communication we are using now. Second, we should ask ourselves how we can
better communicate. Third, is it worth communicating more or differently? So before . . .
Picks from 2015 for 2016
Tools, Tools, Tools!!!
Technology tools are everywhere on the internet. The internet has winners and losers when it comes to technology tools. It also has expensive, non-expensive and free tools. Here are the tools I found worth using this past year:
Remind the messaging app you want to use for communication. . . .
Take a moment,and ask yourself,
"Do I proactively communicate with the parent's of my students?"
- What does the communication sound and look like?
- Do I use one-way or two-way communication?
- Do I take communication to the next level by engaging and involving my parents?
Using the UDL Framework
It is interesting how often these days we hear educators talk about “Student Self-Advocacy”, “Self-Regulation”, or “Self-Directed Learners”. There are differences and similarities, however for this blog entry we will focus on “Self-Directed Learners”.
Why is it important? Where does it begin? These are important questions in . . .
Stretch the Learning
Do you think new learning can occur? Remember the old saying "Can you teach an old dog new tricks?" Do you believe all kids can learn? Do you believe we are born with our intelligence or do you believe we can develop our intelligence? Would you believe that Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.'s work shows us that students who learn . . .
Be Sure to Consult the UDL Framework
UDL Principle - Provide Multiple Means of Representation
Guideline 3 - Provide Options for Comprehension
Have you ever stumbled across a fluent reader that has almost no comprehension? The high fluency reader isn't usually the one we think of as lacking comprehension. We have to be careful because they can slip through . . .