Earn vs. Get

Nov 30, 2014

Janice Smith

My first year of teaching I was constantly corrected every time I used the word ‘get’ in my classroom.  “If we’re all really focused today, you’ll get to watch a short clip at the end of class.”  Every time I used the word ‘get’ I was corrected that they weren’t getting anything, they were EARNING it.  Small […]

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Take a minute to watch the students from Damion Clark’s 10th grade English class at KIPP San Francisco College Prep. When you’re done, take a look at what Dr. Clark has written below, breaking down exactly how he created this kind of academic discussion below. Don’t hesitate to use the comments to point out what […]

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All Kinds of Joy

Aug 18, 2014

Janice Smith

After a full year of filming at some pretty incredible schools, you can imagine we have lots of favorite videos.  But when I tell you that this week’s Video of the Week might be my all time favorite, I mean it.  Let me tell you why. Of all the things we look for in classrooms […]

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Investment as a Matching Game

Jun 23, 2014

Janice Smith

I hope this post finds many of you in the first weeks of summer, enjoying some much needed downtime to catch up on pleasure reading, see family and friends, travel… all the good stuff!  That said, if there’s anything I learned from my time in the classroom, and years since spent working with teachers, is that […]

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A Place of Wonder

Jun 16, 2014

Janice Smith

In thinking about student investment, I love thinking about the 3R’s, and the role they each play.  They originally came from the International Center for Leadership in Education in 1997, and last week’s Video of the Week featuring Brett Noble did a great job of discussing pieces the rigor piece (specifically thinking about how much […]

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