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Project 180

Do. Reflect. Do Better.

Change Is Good: Project 180 Guest Post


We did it. We made it through the first semester of our new grading approach. One thing that I am guilty of is always waiting for a new start, just like the kids. So, even…

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Choosing Champs: Project 180, Day 97


On a whim yesterday, I came up with an idea for kids to honor each other as we continue to build our new-semester communities. I had already planned on buying some candy bars from some…

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An Old Friend: Project 180, Day 96


Time. Time was I read this to my high school kids (and my middle school kids before that). Did for years. They loved it. I loved it. It was a shared, valued experience. And then,…

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At the Table: Project 180, Day 95


When we sit at the table, we have a chance to listen, we have a chance to speak. We engage in the power of story. With this in play, we open the door for understanding;…

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The Reviews Are In: Project 180, Guest Post


One student desk.  One teacher chair.  One brightly-lit hallway.  For five days this was my set-up.  A set-up that was new, different, and nontraditional to the random students and teachers that walked by each day….

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Promises to Keep: Project 180, Day 94


Made a promise. Will keep a promise. I promised my kids that we would hold Community Circle on the first Friday of each month, so today, we will do just that. In truth, it’s a…

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Records, Wrestling, and a Movie: Project 180, Day 93


Set a record. Oh, nothing that’s gonna win me any awards or anything, but it’s a record I am proud of nonetheless. Of my 112 honors students last semester, 100 finished Night. I am pleased,…

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The Business End, Part Two: Project 180, Day 92


Yesterday, I posted Part One . Today, I will pick up where I left off, sharing the changes that we have made to our grading approach at the mid-year point. Performance as Practice Hear me out. First,…

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The Business End, Part One: Project 180, Day 91


“But it’s a ‘D.’ On Skyward, it’s a ‘D.’” During our recent grading conferences, I gave kids a chance to offer recommendations/suggestions to our grading approach. Most shared that they liked it just the way…

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Time to Do Better: Project 180, *Day 90


Hate endings. Love beginnings. As a sentimental and sappy soul, I need both. Maybe that’s why I love teaching so much, for it is full of goodbyes and hellos. And though I am sad that…

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