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Measuring 21st Century Skills In The Elementary Classroom

I'm often asked to share my strategies for developing integrated units that incorporate 21st century skills. An upcoming PBL I'm developing is on The Alamo. It will blend content areas while building 21st century skills and promoting family involvement. Giving students opportunities to develop and refine their 21st century skills is something most of us see… Continue reading Measuring 21st Century Skills In The Elementary Classroom

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21 Lessons From My Mentors

 Lessons From My Mentors I didn't grow up with a plethora of mentors. I grew up the only child of a single parent; I struggled in school and received the message early on that I was limited in what I might end up doing.   I am a first generation college graduate. I'm the first one… Continue reading 21 Lessons From My Mentors

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Mr. Myagi-An Ode To Student And Mentor Teachers

I often wish I could have a do-over with my first class. I'm afraid they didn't learn much from me. My mentor teacher was somewhat disengaged, and the student teaching experience was of such unremarkable value that I barely remember it. Next week, I'm hosting a student teacher. Even though I have taught for 15… Continue reading Mr. Myagi-An Ode To Student And Mentor Teachers

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Through My Students’ Eyes

We are all becoming more and more aware of the importance of feedback. A look at this article by John Hattie and Helen Temperley reveals just how effective quality feedback is in moving students toward mastery. But what about students giving feedback? Isn't what our student's say just as important as what we say? I thought… Continue reading Through My Students’ Eyes