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  • How to Build Framework for Student Agency in 5 Steps

    Share on Social Media pinterest linkedin Framework for Student Agency Build Framework for Student Agency What is an Agency? Bill Zima, author of Mindsets and Skillsets for Learning: A Framework for Building Student Agency, defines agency as the perceived ability of the individual, based on his or her capacity, to shape his or her life. You might wonder what does…

  • How to Use Student Choice to Support Motivation

    Share on Social Media pinterest linkedin Using Student Choice to Support Motivation Chase Nordengren, author of Step into Student Goal Setting book, writes ‘no matter how your classroom is designed or how much authority you exercise over students, they always retain the most important decision: the choice to engage in learning.’ It got my attention. Many educators who work in…

  • What Does It Take to Build Better Rubrics?

    Introduction To build better rubrics, it needs to be high quality. According to Karin Hess, author of “6 Key Questions to Better Rubrics”, 3 important qualities of a better rubric are: Creating a better rubric is more than slapping expectations on a paper, assigning some percentage points, and calling it a day. Rubrics need to be designed with care and…

  • How to Build Commitment to Learning in Students in the Classroom

    Introduction To build commitment to learning in students, you need buy-in from students and staff with school vision, values, and goals. School functioning as Professional Learning Communities uses their mission, vision, values, and goals as successful businesses use Big, Hairy, Audacious, Goal (BHAG). Jim Collins (2001), author of Good to Great. states, “a BHAG is “a huge and daunting goal—like…

  • Inquiry-Based Learning: The Power of Learning Something New

    Share on Social Media pinterest linkedin Inquiry-Based Learning In inquiry-based learning, it is about triggering curiosity, according to Heather Wolpert-Gawron, author of the article “What the Heck is Inquiry-Based Learning?“. Author notes Inquiry-Based Learning puts a new perspective on an age-old topic. Wolpert-Gawron believes triggering inquiry and curiosity is about learning something new. And “the power of learning something new…

  • How to Apply Social Emotional Learning Skills in Academic Settings

    Introduction Have you ever faced this struggle: should I focus on academic content or boost social emotional character development? I am sure educators have encountered this dilemma many times, including myself. With no guidance on the topic, it is hard to know how to teach it to students. I have been thinking about social emotional learning for some time. I…

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