Singing the Praises of Personal Learning Goals

Stick figure singing
by Madison Calteux. Muskego-Norway School District While I love to sing and dance about math being a subject worthy of high praise, my theatrics only go so far to engage students. (And when I say sing, I do mean it somewhat literally; ask any Algebra 1 teacher about the song for the Quadratic Formula.) Fortunately, I have found when students can take charge (and be their own metaphorical choreo...
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7 Key Criteria for Learning Innovation

by Brenda Vogds and Jim Rickabaugh In recent months there has been a whirlwind of discussion about learning loss for our children exiting the pandemic. Great Schools Partnership states “The term learning loss refers to any specific or general loss of knowledge and skills or to reversals in academic progress, most commonly due to extended gaps or discontinuities in a student’s education.” Where th...
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In Celebration of the Pacemakers Among Us

In Celebration of the Pacemakers
by Alyssa Voigt, Makerspace and Media Center Coordinator for Secondary Schools, Kettle Moraine School District This past summer, a good friend of mine decided she wanted to run a half-marathon. With very little running experience, she found a training plan online and little by little built up her stamina. On the day of the race, her training had paid off and she ran across the finish line with a ...
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Getting Specific: Six Ways Traditional School Design Falls Short

6 Ways Traditional School Design Falls Short
by Jim Rickabaugh, Senior Advisor We often talk about the need for education to change to meet the needs of today’s youth, our society, and our economy. However, the focus too often is on changing the behaviors of people in the system, as though they are the problem. In fact, we have been blaming and pressuring people for more than three decades, since the Nation At Risk Report in the 1980s. Yet,...
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Practitioner Highlight Series: Customized Learning Paths

Image depicting a customized learning path
Educators: Lisa Welch and Wanda Richardson District: Kettle Moraine School District School: KM Explore To learn more about the elements highlighted in this post, click the links below: Focus Element: Customized Learning Paths Additional Elements: Multiple Instructional Methods/Modes, Standards Guided Learning How are you incorporating the selected element in your classroom? In our  K/1 ...
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