Showing posts from January, 2018

Wow! My reaction to Dual School's Discovery Day

Last night I attended Dual School's Discovery Day and I was blown away by what I saw and heard. Dual School is a 10 week program where high school students identify a problem they are passionate about and work to implement a solution. Students are paired with mentors and connected to professionals in their field. The event that I attended last night is the culmination of lots of hard work. The students prepared 10 minute talks, artistic displays that represented their process and project, business cards, demonstrative materials, and more.

Simply put, this event and this program are awesome. I was impressed by several different aspects.

1. Despite not knowing any of the students, it was evident in how they talked about their projects and the process that they undertook, that they had each learned an incredible amount. They did not solely learn about their projects however, they learned a great deal about themselves and several important life skills, such as networking and rapid pro…

Modeling Grit

Over the last few years, grit has become a buzzword in the education community and beyond, largely due to Angela Duckworth's amazing work. On her website she defines grit as "passion and perseverance for long term goals." Check out her website for more information on Grit and watch her TED talk here.

As teachers, I think we know how to recognize grit when we see it in our students. We see it when a student continues to work their hardest, despite challenges outside of school. We see it when a struggling student doesn't give up and masters a tough concept. We see it when students who felt like the world was against them walk the stage at graduation.

While we know how to recognize grit, do we know how to be gritty ourselves?
Teachers know the importance of modeling. We do it everyday. We model how to walk quietly in the hallway, how to speak nicely to others, how to solve a math problem on the board, and how to write a proper paragraph... but do we model grit?
Do we let…

Why I'm Flipping Out Over FLIPGRID 🎥

If you are an active Twitter educator, you have probably seen something about FlipGrid or #FlipGridFever over the last few months. I saw the hype start to grow over the summer, but did not know what it was about. I tried it. I loved it. I caught FlipGrid Fever! I have now integrated this diverse tool into my classes and have worked to become a Level 1 and 2 FlipGrid Certified Educator.

What is it?
FlipGrid describes itself as a "social learning" platform. It is a sharing platform for short videos, feedback, and reactions. Users can respond to each other's videos with emojis and comments. It is multi-platform, meaning it will work on just about any device your students might have. They can upload videos of themselves speaking, short movies they have created using iMovie, or screencasts of themselves explaining a topic.

Why the hype? FlipGrid is different than other tools available right now. Students and teachers alike are able to share ideas through video. Video recording …