From the Compost Pile: Introduction

I am convinced that one of the richest sources of potential growth as educators can come from our mistakes, struggles, regrets, less-than-satisfactory performance, and failures. My encounter with Carol Dweck’s research on motivation my first semester in the doctoral program at Curry was a pivotal moment, personally and professionally. I’ll be posting a book review… Continue reading From the Compost Pile: Introduction

A System of Best Practices: Safe & Supportive Learning Environments

Your personal trainer has gone to great lengths to design a health and fitness plan that will bring you to a place of physical health that you have never experienced before. You have interesting and meaningful work ahead of you. You can see the relevance in each exercise you must do. Now imagine you begin… Continue reading A System of Best Practices: Safe & Supportive Learning Environments

A System of Best Practices: Proactively & Intentionally Planning for Student Learning

The analogy of the fitness goals and personal trainer experience aptly captures the essence of planning proactively and intentionally for student learning. Once your personal trainer had a clear sense of your goals and a thorough understanding of your needs and preferences relative to those goals, he or she would then begin mapping out a… Continue reading A System of Best Practices: Proactively & Intentionally Planning for Student Learning

A System of Best Practices: Assessment Practices that Maximize Student Learning

In the Building a Strong Foundation for Learning Part 1 post, I posed the analogy of going to a personal trainer and considering fitness and health goals before coming up with a plan of action. Revisiting that analogy is helpful in understanding the role of assessment in a system of best practices. After your personal… Continue reading A System of Best Practices: Assessment Practices that Maximize Student Learning