In sum, beyond the great ideas, Rushton Hurley is clear about one thing: education is a ‘people business’ and the person has to be at the center. Not all strategies may work for your context, but they can be modified as such. And yes, there is work involved, but with rewards that will benefit everyone involved. Hurley also discusses his past strategies of using pre-tests. (which are easier with digital tools such as Google Forms, Quizlet, and other survey-generating software) Ultimately, for myself, the reflection on assessments we give is an critical takeaway. Are we really thinking about the purpose of an assessment before we give it? It sounds obvious, but busy teachers often try to keep their heads above water and I would argue that meaningful assessment is one area that can suffer early on.
- Conversation Starting Tools: Get the conversation started! (Slides deck with links)
- Google Forms | Quizzes That Provide Feedback (YouTube tutorial)
- Google Chrome Extensions & Apps | Citation Tools (YouTube tutorial)
- Offering (meaningful) extra credit
- Ready to go activities
- Tying service to learning activities
- Maintaining a good balance of comfort/discomfort in your journey to be your best
- Trying new things that other teachers do without comparing yourself
- Dealing with disagreement, debate (and sometimes arguments)
- Developing professional habits when you may not agree with school protocols
- The benefits of clearly identifying your classroom needs
- Working with organizations outside of the school that you can benefit from (or assist!)
- Finding inspiration!
Happy teaching! (and don't forget the Padlet!)