What does Real Professional Development Look Like During a Pandemic?

Teaching in the last year has been like riding out a hurricane in a treehouse. As seasoned educators, we tried to come prepared. We knew our student’s emotional needs would be our top priority, we strived to make school feel “normal”, but from the beginning, it was clear that the 2020 - 2021 year would... Continue Reading →

Bringing Agility into the Classroom with L-EAF.org

In January I was plugging along. My students were using EduScrum quite seamlessly. Our Constitution unit had just launched and I was staring straight towards the bright light at the end of the year.  Everything was flowing. I had reduced friction in my teaching. All of my students were interactive and collaborating. Everything was good. ... Continue Reading →

Assessments in Distance Learning

Sitting in a meeting about authenticating assessment, my mind wanders to the overall state of education.  Here we are almost 1 year into a pandemic. Our systems have been thrown against a wall and decimated.  Pivoting in a weekend our normal flow of life came to a dead stop. Everything started spinning and it isn’t... Continue Reading →

Gamify the Constitution

With a rush of excitement, a push towards action and an explosion of intellectual growth the Analyzing Revolutions unit is over. The students have completely blown past expectations in the products they have made, the discussion they have led and the skills they have acquired. The last minute push exhausted all of us, but luckily... Continue Reading →

Student Voice Drives Curriculum

Reading the U.S. Constitution is not a priority of my 8th grade students. At this point in the year their genuine interest has built about the Constitution, but the actual want to read a document written in 1787 is not on this "Must Do" list. This year we have the extra challenge of students transitioning... Continue Reading →

Declaration of Independence the Musical

When Middle School students are told they are going to engage with a primary source the feeling of the room shifts. The smiling faces disappear. The air becomes stagnant. All joy in the world has been stifled. Not even the worlds most famous break up letter brightens their faces. The Declaration of Independence is not... Continue Reading →

Analyzing Revolutions

The new unit on revolutions is content heavy. We are exploring the American road to revolution and the Revolutionary War. In the past students have created timelines that are a reference that will be used in the next unit when learning the U.S. Constitution. This year changed the project to involve a larger world view. ... Continue Reading →

Atomic Habits

Change your world. Be who you want to be. Stop procrastinating and create the systems that will enable a new lifestyle. These are the actionable lessons behind the hugely successful Atomic Habits by James Clear. "Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement."james Clear My Love of Habits In my early 20's a read The Power... Continue Reading →

Books

I am an avid reader because I love to learn. I enjoy reading books of all genre. Like all teachers I do spend time reading “teacher” books. I want to learn how to expand my techniques, introduce new ideas and have a growth mindset when it comes to my field. I also LOVE to read... Continue Reading →

A More Beautiful Question

There are many experiences and books that have shaped me as a person and as an educator, but none were more powerful and immediate than <a href="http://<a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1632861054/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1632861054&linkCode=as2&tag=jescavallaro-20&linkId=6e8386b6aac2d205659f50ace8ccad12">A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough IdeasA More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas. I picked up this... Continue Reading →

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