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Recharge: Project 180, Day 130


Good morning, all. Really looking forward to the opportunity to rest and recharge next week. Can’t believe that we will be down to 50 days when we return. See you, then.


Scratching My Head: Project 180, Day 129


“The research quite clearly shows that kids who are graded – and have been encouraged to try to improve their grades – tend to lose interest in the learning itself, avoid challenging tasks whenever possible…

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When Opportunity Knocks: Project 180, Day 128


Had some visitors yesterday. With EWU on spring break this week, some of my students from my education class last quarter asked if they could come in and observe. Of course, I enthusiastically consented. We…

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Sorry, No Test Prep Today: Project 180, Day 127


https://blog.newsela.com/2017/03/13/jay-mctighe-beware-of-the-test-prep-trap/ Another week. Another decision. To prep or not to prep? With now only nine days of class until the test, I can’t put it off much longer. Time will run out. One would think,…

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Crazy but not Alone: Project 180, Day 126


http://blog.williamferriter.com/2017/03/26/grades-arent-motivating/ Came across this image and article this morning. Found it a considerable comfort on a Monday. There’s a certain comfort in knowing that one is not the only crazy out there. And while some…

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I Want to Believe: Project 180, Day 125


With 55 days to go, the 180 experiment continues. Don’t know where it will ultimately end up, but at the end, I will have learned a lot this year, and that alone, no matter what,…

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“Because” is not an Answer: Project 180, Day 124


Yesterday I handed back the kids’ sentence assessments. There were only six items on the assessment. For each completed item they had to indicate their confidence level. I then assessed each item, providing a performance…

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Fail: Project 180, Day 123


Failed yesterday. Meant to present the interim assessments for the SBA, but it didn’t happen. Pressed for time, the kids would have lost a valuable opportunity to make progress on their speeches. We only get…

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Voices: Project 180, Day 122


I read a lot of writing. I respond to a lot of writing. I present standards for writing.  I employ rubrics for writing. I encourage process in writing. I require products in writing. I teach…

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Just Another Monday: Project 180, Day 121


Morning, all. Not finding much inspiration this morning. Kids will start delving into the bodies of their speeches this week, and I still have some conferences to wrap up. And though I am not completely…

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