Windows and Mirrors

Sydney J. Harris once said, “The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”

Think about each and every opportunity you have provided for your students to “shine”. Think about different ways to recognize students each day.

Food for Thought:

  • Reinforce positive behaviors
  • Provide incentives for most improved students weekly and/or quarterly
  • Accentuate the positives with parents and/or families on a regular basis

Invite parents in for a “showcase

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Creative Expression and Knowledge

Albert Einstein once said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

Think about the opportunities you provide for students to demonstrate their creative expression and/or knowledge.

Food for Thought:

  • Exit Tickets
  • Daily Reflection at the end of each lesson
  • Frequent check-ins during a lesson
  • Increased opportunities for peer-to-peer discourse activities
  • Use of hands-on materials as much as possible

Failure

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Our greatest glory is in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”

Think about how you and/or your students feel when they fail. What opportunities do you provide for your students to “rise up?”

Food for Thought:

  • Re-Teach weak skills and/or standards based on data
  • Allow students to retake assessments after reteaching
  • Use spiral reviews as an additional way to check for understanding