Category: school administration

Strategies for Coaching Teachers to Use Formative Assessment Tools

Formative assessments are an essential part of instructional design. Formative assessments give teachers a glance at the level of understanding students have of a particular topic being taught. We like to focus on the value formative assessments bring in determining if something needs to…

Weekly Bookmarks from @mccoyderek 9.02.2014

Trust, Equity, and Student-Centered Learning With Fourth-Graders | MindShift Great write up for considerations on BYOD 25 Ways to Ask Your Kids ‘So How Was School Today?’ Without Asking Them ‘So How Was School Today?’ Pick one a day – have a some great…

PLN Blogging Challenge

This is fun! Earlier this week, Dwight Carter, PLN member and inspiration, forwarded me a fun challenge. Dwight has always been a great example of leadership and a great representative of the potential of our growing digital community. I’ve got mad respect for him…

Making a Difference in Our Communities

This past month, we had the opportunity to participate in another great community event that really highlights the best of working in schools and serving kids. When I first arrived at Spring Lake Middle, I was told about several strong, impactful, long standing community…

Inspired Support

I took part in a truly inspiring meeting several weekends ago. We recently had the fortune to hire a new teacher from Michigan to join our staff. We are very excited about the prospect of her making a difference in our school. She contacted…

Education 3.0

There have been some great posts published recently outlining the shift from Education 1.0 ┬áto Education 3.0. Its not all about resources and tools. 1.0 to 3.0 is about a commitment to better practices, exploration, change and being willing to go back to formula…

A Review – My iPad Improves My Administrative Functions

I was inspired to write this post after visiting one of our classes where students were using iPads to complete an assignment. I asked a group of kids how they like working with the iPads and did it help with their work. All three…