Giving Students Voice: Conferencing Feedback

Students need to have voice in the classroom. Of course, there’re many different ways that this can be achieved and I’ve found that student feedback is one medium that provides them with this opportunity. Ever since my first year as a teacher, I’ve sought feedback from my students. Over time, I’ve refined this process and…
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Saturday morning PD: is it worth it?

You wake up, blurry-eyed, in the early hours of a Saturday morning in what has been a frigid and dreary November. You should be sleeping in, at least, that’s what you tell yourself. Yet, despite your need for rest, you’ve embarked on a year-long professional development, which means no sleeping-in for you this morning. ‘It’ll…
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Taking a Risk on Unit Conferencing (2/2)

“Reflect, reflect, reflect!” This is likely a phrase that my students have heard continuously since the start of the school year as I’ve been mindful of regularly giving them the chance to reflect on their own learning. Doing so was not only to help them shift their mindset from marks to skills but also to…
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Taking a Risk on Unit Conferencing (1/2)

Do you ever just need a breath? As teachers, we can all appreciate the craziness that is our lives, as we often fluctuate between moments of (relative) bliss and periods characterized by piles of marking and supplemental duties. During those more stressful times, a libation – or four – may accompany that breath. For me,…
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Finding my focus

Imagine this: you go to your first Cohort 21 session and leave buzzing. After a week back in the classroom, you begin to get bogged down by the day-to-day minutia which is teaching. Sound familiar? Me too. In a mindful effort to bore ahead of the inevitable undertow of our daily lives as teachers, I’m…
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