What I’m Reading: “Assigning more Writing with Less Grading” by Mathew M. Johnson. This is a great quick read about the necessity of simple practice. Writing is one of the trickiest things to teach because it involves so many moving pieces. It can be done though, and I mirror the author’s opinion on constant assessment. It’s so important to give students freedom to practice and explore without marking their pages with what often feels like criticism. Assessment is an important piece of any teaching strategy but so is providing space to learn and try new things without a “grade”.
Building Confident Learners: Patience. Be patient with a learner when they are trying something for the first time. We often forget how hard something was for us initially, once we’re pros at it. Have patience with the process.
What Gives Me Joy: Music. Once upon a time I sang in a Jazz band, and although I no longer make music myself, I still find solace in listening. I will appropriately quote the late Tom Petty: “Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There’s not some trick involved with it. It’s pure and it’s real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things.”
The joy of learning. Together.