Learning Is Messy

As we set up learning in our classrooms, we often plan for it to happen in a nice and clean experience for our students. I’m reminded that learning is messy. Today, I observed students participate in some amazing learning experiences and the learning didn’t come easily to these students. I am encouraged by the perseverance of these students and how they have embraced the fact that learning is messy. Read More

Instructional Coaching for Improvement

Instructional Coaching Leads to Skill Transfer

The best way to change behavior in schools is to provide consistent coaching and accountability check-ins.  Teachers often attend professional development sessions during the year and over the summer only to fail to act on the learning derived from these sessions. By providing ongoing coaching and support, professional development can be the implemented at a level that allows teachers and leaders to transfer the learning to their practice. Read More

Make Learning Stick

Make Learning Stick

Everyone needs intervention at various points in their learning journey. Students are often expected to master learning the first time that they are exposed to the content. This thinking is completely flawed because forget that deep learning takes time to stick.  As a result, frequent opportunities to refresh previous learning helps to cement mastery of content. Read More