You hurt my brain….

Yesterday we received the largest compliment ever!!! A student informed us that through her mistakes everyday she is learning the material. As teachers we want our students to succeed, but the speed at which they succeed is always a debatable point. If they succeed at everything new, the first time they attempt it, is it rigorous enough to be called learning? I did not learn to walk the first time I tried. I also almost drove my driver’s ed instructor into the ditch once. Students need an opportunity to struggle. And an opportunity to step outside of easy and really have to, as another student so eloquently puts it, “you make my brain hurt.” Don’t be afraid to allow your students the opportunity to learn to walk. If we carry them the whole way what will they do when you aren’t there?

Zeal – Automated Exit Ticket

FREE! Zeal joins a growing list of products hoping to take the pain out of administering and grading exit tickets. The Common Core-aligned question bank gives 15,000 (the number of questions) reasons for teachers to care, but students should, too, thanks to the ClassDojo-like engagement embedded in each exit ticket. When the joy of learning isn’t enough, students can earn coins, move up the leaderboard and use the coins to upgrade their own avatar.