Week 9 – Student Led Conferences, Ben Franklin, and KenKens

Week 9 – Student Led Conferences, Ben Franklin, and KenKens

Week 9 was a short academic week. At Khabele, we have student-led conferences once in the Fall and once in the spring.  We take two days off of academic classes to create space and time to have these conferences.  This week, I've also started some Ben Franklin-style daily reflections and introduced my students to KenKen math puzzles. STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES A student led conference is quite a bit different from the more traditional parent-teacher conference.  Students prepare to lead a conference with their parents and their advisor for 30-45 minutes.  The philosophy is that it helps the student take more ownership…
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Presenting The Growth Mindset

Presenting The Growth Mindset

I found a story that really captures the need to have a growth mindset- the idea that growth not only happens through the struggle, but that the struggle is NECESSARY.  I plan to read through the story with the attached slide show being presented.  I've marked when I plan to advance to the next slide.  Once a little boy was playing outdoors and found a fascinating caterpillar. He carefully picked it up and took it home to show his mother. He asked his mother if he could keep it, and she said he could if he would take good care…
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An Educator’s Perspective on ‘To Sell Is Human’

An Educator’s Perspective on ‘To Sell Is Human’

I took the Myers-Briggs personality test in college (or at least a free online version so who knows how reliable the results really were) and I got ENFJ.  I read that this personality type is pretty good at getting others to do what they want (for better or for worse). Naturally, moving people has always been something I’ve been very interested in; how to get people to understand an adopt your perspective.  As an educator, I’m always trying to sell the students on the idea of working hard, being respectful, helping each other, and taking charge of their own learning.  I…
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