5-Minute Energizers to Activate You and Your Students

We’re officially in the grind. I ask my teacher colleagues how they’re doing, and the standard response is a sigh: “I’m really looking forward to catching up on grading over the 3-day weekend,” “I’m counting down the days until Thanksgiving,” “I have 20 letters of recommendation to write” (sidebar – anyone else have this problem?).…… Continue reading 5-Minute Energizers to Activate You and Your Students

How Floop Started: Startup Weekend EDU from an Educator’s Perspective

Re-posted from the Seattle Public Library’s Shelf Talk blog. I wrote this blog post back in 2016 to commemorate the 1-year anniversary of Startup Weekend EDU Seattle 2015, the weekend where Floop got started! It’s been almost 3 years since then, and now, Startup Weekend EDU Seattle 2018 is just around the corner. Learn more…… Continue reading How Floop Started: Startup Weekend EDU from an Educator’s Perspective

Teaching Teamwork in 10 Minutes: The Birds Activity

The first week of school is a powerful time to set norms, and one of the most important norms in a collaborative classroom is valuing others’ perspectives on teams. There are lots of great activities out there – for example, lost at sea or the marshmallow challenge – but when you run a chaotic, project-based…… Continue reading Teaching Teamwork in 10 Minutes: The Birds Activity

WOOP: Motivating Goals for You and Your Students

What’s the difference between a goal that’s just written on paper and a goal you actually achieve? Whether you’re thinking about your personal goals for the next school year, or how to help your students write goals, using a framework helps define goals to make them more attainable. You’ve probably heard of SMART goals, so…… Continue reading WOOP: Motivating Goals for You and Your Students

What I Learned When I Gave Every Student an A

What happens when there are no grades and every student has an A? After years of fielding questions from students about grades instead of content and noticing struggling students demoralized by the numbers, I saw how grades distracted students from learning. So, when I discovered that going gradeless was an option, I decided to throw…… Continue reading What I Learned When I Gave Every Student an A

Teacher + Peer Feedback = The Feedback Tool of Your Dreams!

All educators know: Feedback is the most impactful driver of students’ learning progress (Evidence for Learning), but effective feedback “must be timely, relevant, and action-oriented” (Hattie and Timperley). As three different teachers in Seattle, we struggled to give our students the feedback they needed, when they needed it. We decided to take this problem into…… Continue reading Teacher + Peer Feedback = The Feedback Tool of Your Dreams!

Three Simple Frameworks for Feedback

Here at Floop, we’re all about creating effective feedback systems that mix different strategies to best meet your students’ needs. This post is part of a series sharing simple feedback strategies. When giving or receiving feedback, using a structured framework helps keep the feedback constructive and balanced. Here are three of my favorite feedback methods,…… Continue reading Three Simple Frameworks for Feedback