Classroom Management in a Learner-Centered Classroom (Part III)

In Part I of this series, I laid out my philosophy of the role of classroom management in a learner-centered classroom. In Part II, I discussed a strategy for setting expectations in a way that I think empowers learners and allows them to take ownership of the classroom and its culture. In this final part, …

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Classroom Management in a Learner-Centered Classroom (Part II)

A few days ago I wrote about my general philosophy of classroom management in a learner-centered classroom. For the tl;dr crowd, it was about reexamining our classroom expectations, eliminating the unnecessary ones that limit learner autonomy, and then clearly defining the expectations that matter the same way you would in any classroom. Today I want …

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Classroom Management in a Learner-Centered Classroom

Classroom management is a tricky subject. It's even trickier when attempting to give learners more voice and choice in a learner-centered classroom. How can a teacher control the classroom without taking autonomy and freedom away from learners? This is a question I've kept coming back to this school year. After listening to Jennifer Gonzalez's Cult of Pedagogy Podcast …

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A Classroom Full of Teachers: Leveraging Student Expertise

As part of reading workshop, I focus on conferring one on one with students, listening to their ideas and sharing teaching points as well as next steps they can take to improve their reading skills. One conference, in particular, taught me a lesson in empowering students to become teachers and push their own learning to …

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#SummerGoals

I'm always comparing school and sports, and the school year is a very long, sometimes grueling season. There are things I think of doing during the school year that I know won't get done until the summer, when the offseason starts and I have a chance to rest, recuperate, and focus on getting better for next year. …

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A Cringeworthy Memory…and What I’ve Learned Since

The past two weekends I've been at college graduations, one for my brother and one for my girlfriend's sister. (Congrats Jake and Kirst!) Sitting in those unceremoniously long ceremonies, I started to think about my own mindset shortly after I graduated... What Am I Doing With My Life? The year was 2012, and I was just …

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