Thank You Notes as Strategic Compliment Feedback

Thank You Notes as Strategic Compliment Feedback

On the Receiving End This afternoon I received this lovely thank you note from the four grade five students I mentored during their Exhibition of Learning. It made my day! They took time to hand write it and add their personal touch to the cover. But as I read their notes, my heart grew even fuller. Their specific thank you notes made me feel valued, and they helped me see what they saw as most helpful in our work together….

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Keeping the Momentum Up After Professional Learning

Keeping the Momentum Up After Professional Learning

How many times have you attended a great professional learning event and left with all kinds of ideas that you wanted to try only to find that list, untouched the next year when you are cleaning out your desk? Or maybe you did try a new tool or strategy but quickly slipped back into the business of your daily routine and forgot to come back to it. This happens to all of us.  This year, one of the questions I…

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Quickly Tracking Learning and Conferences

Quickly Tracking Learning and Conferences

Conference notes, small group notes, tracking class habits and behaviors, recording students’ growth towards reaching standards and benchmarks… As teachers, we often struggle to find our own just right way to manage all these notes efficiently and effectively. Hopefully, we get a little better each year.   This year, I made another revision to my process that has made a huge impact: using one color to note the date I confer with a student until I see everyone, then I…

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