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September 13, 2014

Six Ways to Close Out a Great Lesson

By Petra Claflin

Okay, your class has gone well, the students are done practicing, and the lesson is ending. How do you effectively close out the lesson in a way that really solidifies their learning? Here are some ideas: Summarize it: According to Dr. Robert Marzano’s work, summarizing is a powerful way to process... READ MORE

September 09, 2014

Criteria for Success - What are they & how do you use them?

By Petra Claflin

Many of us have probably looked at some of our curricular objectives and thought, ‘What does that even mean?’ In class, even though we may put the objective into student-friendly language, our kids may be having the same experience. The information we are often missing is what The Skillful Teacher... READ MORE

September 05, 2014

​10 Ways to Drive Your Own Development

By Petra Claflin

​All teachers want to grow, but making that happen effectively isn’t always easy. You may be at a school where you receive regular development, coaching and feedback or you may be at a school where you receive very little training and the only feedback may be one or two official observations over... READ MORE

September 02, 2014

Perks & Pitfalls of Classroom Incentive Systems

By Petra Claflin

​We all want our students to be intrinsically motivated and participating enthusiastically in every task simply because they are excited about learning. In truth, though, almost everyone needs a little external motivation sometimes to get them excited or make them feel appreciated for their efforts... READ MORE

August 29, 2014

​On Leadership: Trust is a Leadership Currency

By Dustin Peterson, Director of Leadership Development

Trust moves people. Said another way, people don’t move until they trust you.   At the end of July, I attended a camp for 150 teenage girls as a youth leader. My job was to manage the ropes course, meaning I strapped myself to a belaying rope and supported girls as they climbed 25-foot walls,... READ MORE

August 26, 2014

Getting the Most Out of Your Checks for Understanding

By Petra Claflin

When we’re in the middle of a lesson, it can be hard to tell if everyone is ‘getting it.’ Can we really trust a thumbs-up to mean they understand? And what about during discussions or complex tasks when it’s not easy to assess with a quick question or two. Checks for understanding (CFU’s) can be... READ MORE