Michigan Teacher of the Year

Don’t Settle on ‘Standardized Teaching’ for Standardized Testing

April 17, 2018

Abandoning my traditional lecture-style instruction has had a lasting impact on my students’ later success while maintining academic performance. ...

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State Picks 10 Teachers as Regional Teachers of the Year

April 11, 2018

Ten Michigan educators have been named as 2018-19 Regional Teachers of the Year and will interview with a panel of statewide education stakeholders to determine the 2018-19 statewide Michigan Teacher of the Year. ...

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From ‘Professional Development’ to ‘Authentic Teacher Learning’

March 16, 2018

So what differentiates the “professional development” from the “authentic teacher learning”? Here are three ideas. ...

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Teaching with Beyoncé: 'Experience First, Formalize Later'

February 20, 2018

This approach to learning is quintessential to my teaching philosophy because it engages students in multiple dimensions, making the lesson more relevant. ...

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The Two Measures of Teacher Success

January 16, 2018

Most parents and community members will agree that the goal of education is to produce informed citizens with the knowledge and skills to be happy, productive, and successful in life. ...

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Craft Education: Teachers Can Find Inspiration in Craft Beer

December 27, 2017

What can education learn from the craft beer revolution? Start by thinking of our students as the product of an intentional brewing process instead of ready-for-college robots. ...

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What Do I Do With This group? Behavior Management 101

November 22, 2017

Here are some strategies the Rising Teacher Leaders group at East Kentwood High School have come up with to help keep things on track in the classroom. ...

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Swap Out the Training Wheels in Education for More Balance

October 17, 2017

Where are we still using the familiar training wheels in education, when a better balance bike approach is available? ...

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New School Year Means New Goals

September 19, 2017

At the beginning of every school year, MTOY Luke Wilcox writes out goals for the year on a notecard, and then references it several times throughout the year to reflect. ...

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Jedi Master Teacher - A Venn Diagram

August 21, 2017

Experience has taught me that in order to be a Jedi Master Teacher, knowing my subject isn't enough. I need to motivate and inspire my students. ...

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