Models Schools in Washington DC - Great to be here to present with some other teachers that are a part of The Freshman Academy. Everyone has one of the marbles in the air. Great start to our conversation about how adults can create a culture to positively impact freshmen.
For 11 years I have ask a Question of the Week at our weekly team meetings. If you do this, freshmen grades go up. I know that sounds crazy, but I believe it enough to set aside 10 minutes of our team time very week and our freshmen do great work. Don’t miss this!
What are phrases that we are known for as educators? In addition to our content, what else are we teaching. This opening blog for Content PLUS ONE, begins a discussion of what’s worth repeating and the power that might have.
Check out our promo video for our summer program we call Connections. We secured the help of Josh Novak to shoot and produce this helpful tool to let freshman know that Connections is worth 10 days of their summer!
Victory is not found in a grade but in doing the little things over a long period of time. Doing five things every day is what 100 freshmen will experience this summer at Connections at Washington High School. Here is an overview.
On the first day of Connections, the stunned, silent and newly minted freshmen sit in rows like statues in our Little Theater. They are holding their Connections schedule, eyes forward, and straining to look nonchalant.
It’s spring. I read the paper this morning for the first time on my 3-season porch. Which means I’m thinking about fall. Which means I’m thinking about the class of 2021. Which means I need to ramp up . . . again.
There is an imaginary black box that exists in the homework process between every teacher and student. It’s a box of mystery, hazy boundaries, inputs and outputs, and shared influence out of which is supposed to come a completed homework assignment.
Here are the facts. They are obvious facts as most could guess these realities without the data, but I have the data. It is also interesting that I have never seen these school realities in black and white. Maybe educators have thought they were so obvious that no one needed to go through the effort.
The student is called to our conference room. He enters the room and there is a slight hesitation as he sees four teachers and myself sitting at a conference table with an empty chair at one end ready to receive him.
To enter the arena of competition between content and student, the engaged learner prepares for it. The night before class the student completes the assignment and mentally rehearses the ideas to come.
Robert is a nice awkward kid who refused to do his research paper. Weeks went by and despite his proven ability to do the work, he refused to complete the paper. He and I met weekly for three weeks to talk about strategies. I wanted to understand the context of the kid. He listened, but still did nothing.
In two weeks 450 freshmen will enter our building for a District mandated visit. If it were a holiday, it would be New Freshman Day. The visit is only 90 minutes long and we already have 2000 people in the building. Space is limited. So what’s the goal?