Next Adventure Quality Matters

In a week and a half I start the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (Secondary) course.  This is a 3 week venture into looking at a peer and external review course rubric.  I’m excited and I’m daunted.

I’m geeking out on this partly because as an edugeek I reserve the right to love time for reflective teaching.  There is also an incredibly edifying factor that from what I’ve seen of QM it’s pretty much the teaching/learning paradigm I preach.

The daunted part comes from the words “multi-year process” coupled with short timelines on the first steps ( IVS has this 3 week course and compliance with standard 1 due by Dec 2).  I mean, what ever happened to PD during low student load times????

The Edugeek will win out (I hope)…

Care to join me in class?  Visit for information and to register.


A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering lesson learned

After reading this I am struck by the difference in experience of an online student. Students in online have freedom to move, must actively pursue knowledge to get anywhere at all. But, sometimes external expectations (the students’, parents’, local mentors’) impose these same face-2-face expectations of what learning looks like.

How does your students’ experience look and feel?

Granted, and...

The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she describes is any different than my own experience in sitting in HS classes for long periods of time. And this report of course accords fully with the results of our student surveys. 

I have made a terrible mistake.

I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my first year of teaching: shadow a student for a day. It was so eye-opening that I wish I could go back to every class of students I ever had right now and change a minimum of ten things – the layout, the lesson plan, the checks for understanding. Most of it!

This is the first year I am working in a school but not teaching…

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