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Checkpoint: Project 180, Day 22


Today marks our first formal learning check, our first pause on the trail. The kids will complete their first Learning Logs of the year (see below). These are biweekly “progress reports” that the kids generate….

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Oops: Project 180, Day 21


“Hey, Sy, is there a way I can check to see what assignments I am missing? I know that you don’t use Skyward, so..” “Wait. What? I use Skyward, kiddo.” “Well, nothing shows up.” OH….

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Taking Aim: Project 180, Day 20


Performance time. In the 180 classroom, our work takes on two forms: practice and performance. Guided by our ten focus standards and corresponding learning targets, I provide practice opportunities that lead to performance opportunities. Practice…

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Can We Make Them Believe? Project 180, Day 19


Hey Sy! It’s Lily W. I just wanted to thank you for believing in me as well as providing all of us with the resources necessary to help us succeed. I appreciated all your feedback…

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Again: Project 180, Day 18


She didn’t say it, but her eyes couldn’t hide it. Again. You want me to do it again? I do. I thought back. Moments earlier. “Sy, will you take a look at my theme?” “Of…

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I, Enemy: Project 180, Day 17


Sometimes I think my mantra, Do. Reflect. Do Better., is more a convenient rationalization to my wandering than a beacon of inspiration on my horizon. In part, it’s due to the allure and blur of…

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Culture and Compounds: Project 180, Day 16


“What about Smiles and Frowns?” Twice yesterday I launched into our day, forgetting about Smiles and Frowns. The kids immediately caught my mistake. And that pleased me, for only two weeks in, it’s become a…

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Our Beautiful Burden: Project 180, Day 15


Yesterday, despite my staying and working later than usual, my desk was still buried beneath student work. But that’s a load I am accustomed to, an endless cycle of never ahead, just less behind. The…

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Work: Project 180, Day 14


Maisie: This is hard. Me: Yep. You’re not wrong, Mais. How can I help? I don’t try to sugarcoat things with my kids. Writing is creating, and creating is a messy, hard affair. But it’s…

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It’s About Time: Project 180, Day 13


And it just sat there. Walked by it all weekend. At times, it was forgotten. At times, it beckoned me as if it were the beat of my telltale heart, echoing in my brain, “They…

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