Changing The Conversation With Parents

Is it time to reconsider parents’ role in teaching and learning in

your space? Parent and family involvement in education can now be

so much more than a phone call, open house, or parent-teacher conference.

In her new book, Hacking Early Learning, Principal of the Year Jessica Cabeen

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Separating Feedback And Evaluation

Hey evaluation, you can’t fool teachers who understand assessment; we know you are not feedback.

You won’t find this sentence anywhere in Hacking the Writing Workshop, by Angela Stockman, but in the Hack about creating a writer-centered workshop, Angela clearly expresses that...

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What If You Knew Every Student’s Quit Point?

Quit Point. If there were a dictionary definition for the phrase, it would most likely say, “The moment when something or someone stops.” Pretty simple, right?

What if there’s more to this concept? What if educators knew their students so well, they could predict exactly when...

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When Teachers Bash Teachers, Education Suffers

I love connected educators. While I have no hard data to prove this, I believe that educators who tweet, join live Twitter chats, and converse in Facebook, Voxer, and Flipgrid groups are better, in many cases, than teachers and leaders who are not connected.

My experience on all of these...

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What If Teachers Could Extinguish Shame?

Shame permeates our schools and classrooms. Kids shame their peers and, sometimes, usually unwittingly, teachers shame their students.

Compassionate classrooms, detailed in Hacking Classroom Culture by Angela Stockman and Ellen Feig Gray, extinguish shame.

Read the excerpt below to...

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The Power Of Unanswerable Questions

Let me begin with full disclosure: Before I learned about Unanswerable Questions in Hacking Mathematics, by Denis Sheeran, I thought just about everything math related was unanswerable. Admittedly, math has always been pretty elusive to me.

After reading about Unanswerable Questions,...

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My Kid Hates School But You Can Help

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One social share can immediately impact change. “My kid hates school,” I shared on Twitter and Facebook, and suddenly I had support from people around the world.

Here’s what happened. I tweeted this then shared it on Facebook

School must get all kids to comply. School must...

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Why Grading And Evaluating Are Not Assessment

Times 10 Founder Mark Barnes wrote about revolutionizing assessment by going gradeless in Education Week’s 10 Big Ideas special report. Some readers are intrigued, and some are pushing back.

In Episode 110 of the Hack Learning Podcast embedded above, Mark takes on the...

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How To Be The Kind Of Teacher They Make Movies About And Eliminate Classroom Management Problems Forever

Mike Roberts did what so few teachers have been able to do: He cracked the code on classroom management.

Roberts, 2014 Utah English Teacher of the Year and author of Hacking Classroom Management: 10 Ideas To Help You Become the Type of Teacher They Make Movies About, says that class...

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How To Make Your Students Flip In Minutes

When evaluating a new tech tool, I must be able to use it within five minutes, or I just bag it.

If I can’t figure it out by then, my students will be lost.

I was conducting a PD session in Ft. Worth this past summer. A young lady called me over and said, Have you heard of ...

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