Most teachers believe that collaborating with and learning from other teachers is important. But those same teachers will usually readily admit that they don't have time in their busy schedules to do so. This week on the #bbchat, we'll be looking at teacher collaboration from a different perspective. Instead of focusing on how teachers can … Continue reading #bbchat | reframing the collaboration conversation
This week, I did a brave thing. I gave my students a survey on our classroom culture and asked for their honest, confidential feedback. Scared out of my mind, I braced myself for the results. And while some of my students' responses made me cringe - I mean, who wants to hear "I ABSOLUTELY HATE … Continue reading On Listening
Most course curriculums require the usage of a textbook in planning and delivering instruction. But good teachers know that if they just use the textbook, their students will check out and student engagement levels will plummet. How do we balance the use of mandated course materials with engaging, research-based best practices to ensure our students get … Continue reading #bbchat | the textbook trap
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Several years ago, I read Barbara Brown Taylor's memoir, Leaving Church. It spoke to me in profound ways that I might delve a bit into over at ellietalley.com one day, but since this is my blog about all things teaching and education, I'll spare you. 😉 One of the practical take-aways from the book was the … Continue reading Things that are saving my life right now.