5 Reasons for Formative Assessment and 5 Methods for Utilization

What is formative assessment? “Formative assessment refers to a wide variety of methods that teachers use to conduct in-process evaluations of student comprehension, learning needs, and academic progress during a lesson, unit, or course.” (https://www.edglossary.org/formative-assessment/) It doesn’t stop there, however. Assessments should guide a teacher on what to do to remediate, challenge or move on

How do we sustain lasting change?

Change management is a common phrase.  So is the adage, “Don’t keep doing something just because it’s the way we’ve always done it.”  So, let’s assume you are leading a group, school, district, or company through a change.  What steps do you take to sustain focus, and maintain the route to lasting change? 1. Initial

How important is collaboration really?

Collaboration: n. 1. The act of working together; united labor. 2.The act of willingly cooperating with an enemy   Okay, so I’m not talking about strategies of war, though sometimes the life of an educator may feel like a battle. Many schools I’ve worked with have a late start day, an early release day, or

Why I Lead

This is the beginning of my fourth year of owning my own business. Before that, I was district administrator and prior to becoming the district’s curriculum director, I taught 2nd grade. Some might say that I’m still in the beginning stages of my leadership role, but I would argue that I have been leading my

Learning In, Learning Out

I like to learn. That’s a vague and simplistic statement, but true, nonetheless. I’ve been learning my entire life. I love to eat so trying new foods is always a fun learning experience. Learning how to grow different fruits and vegetables, and prepare different dishes is also fun. My family lives in the country and

What do other people have to do with your creativity and motivation?

I’m supposed to be increasing the salt in my diet (I know…weird), so on a recent flight, I requested tomato juice over the typical water knowing the sodium would be good for me. The young man sitting next to me (and suddenly I sound very middle-aged) ordered the same thing. I kind of joked about

3 Takeaways from Intentional Reflection

When I was a classroom teacher I tended to reflect “on the fly.” I’d take a quick assessment and make adjustments on teaching materials, strategies, and temperature of the class. I’d either reteach or make notes for changes for the following year. When I attended professional development opportunities, I’d often reflect through the conversations I