A Thank You Note for Teachers

Teachers like people.  And I think that the first thing we do when we meet someone is look for reasons to like them.  How could we not?  It seems like a pretty fundamental first response for someone whose entire life’s work is based on a belief in helping people find the best in themselves and learn to make it better.  But I was reminded of this in two big ways this past month. One was the great pleasure of having guests from Germany, and the other was having the opportunity to present about the work I do with students at the #ECET2Detroit conference.  For the latter colleagues, here are the links I promised you.  Click here for my presentation on assessing peer feedback.  The rubric I shared with you was developed by Susan Golab at Oakland Schools, Dr. Melissa Meeks, and me.  Click here for that rubric.     It was a pleasure to be part of ECET2Detroit.  Andrew Henwood’s presentation on Standards based grading gave me some goals for myself, and Peter Markus’ on poetry reminded me of my roots in this profession.  I’m grateful to the organizers of the event, the teachers I met, and to all the teachers — I think I can say this without hyperbole — in the world.  We do what we do because we know there is hope for the future.  And for my friends from Germany, ein andenken.20161029_150815

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