“There is nothing like a challenge to bring out the best in man.” By Sean Connery

Happy New School Year! This year I want to challenge educators to stretch themselves so that their teaching craft can improve in new ways! Below are my challenges…will you accept?

  1. Try something new this year: Step out of your comfort zone and try something new. It can be a new project for your students or a new technology tool.  When you step out of your comfort zone that is when the real learning begins.
  2. Talk less: Empower students to show their thinking and allow them to have productive struggle time. Turn your statements into questions or prompts such as “Would you tell me how you got the answer for question #1?” or “Can you put that in your own words?” after you give them directions or after another student gave a response.
  3. Don’t give homework (except to have students read a book of their choice): We must challenge the status quo; just because homework has always been given, doesn’t mean that it is the right thing to do. Read my previous blog post about why I don’t give homework anymore.



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