Brian Grisin

162 Added | 7 Magazines | @bgrisin | I am a High School Teacher in Southern California.

Beyond the Bolognese: A Culinary Tour of Italy’s 20 Regions

Truffles in the north, olive oil in the south; touring the culinary creations of each region in Italy is more like taking a bite through the …

Italy

What Are Your Teaching Fundamentals?

A list is starting place and end product, often the first task when wading into a complex issue, and often the last task when development is done and …

Pedagogy

This Is Our Classroom Of Wisdom: 10 Statements of Affirmation

<b>How To Value Wisdom Over Knowledge In Your Classroom</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p><b>A Definition For Wisdom</b><p>This is a tough one with lots of angles, but I’ll start with …

Spirituality

Think Better

Harvard

School Bullying Is Down. Why Don’t Students Believe It?

Read this article if you’re having a rough day. This is a rare story about positive social change.Every state now has laws against school bullying. …

Education

Informational Writing (session 1) with Amanda Thomas (@trinitysMrsT) #TrinityLearns #ObserveMe #TCRWP

Writing

Acknowledging Ungraded Skills

One of my goals this year was to find a way to recognize all of the amazing things students do in the makerspace at University Liggett School. It’s …

How Schools Build A Positive Culture Through Advisory

School leaders are increasingly recognizing that a strong, positive school culture is key for students to experience academic and social success. How …

Teaching

Eliminate Assessment Fog

This definition reflects how important assessment is. At a fundamental level, we are differentiating when we act on accurate data to adapt …

Teaching

5 Principles of Outstanding Classroom Management

1. Take Care of Yourself to Take Care of Your Students<p>As the airline safety videos say: Put on your own oxygen mask first.<p>To learn effectively, your …

Teaching

How Metacognition Boosts Learning

Patricia Chen, a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford and the lead author of the study, says she often had students coming to her lamenting their poor …

Pedagogy

50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think

50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think contributed by Lisa Chesser Using the right questions creates powerful, sometimes multiple …

Pedagogy

6 Principles Of Genius Hour In The Classroom

<b>Genius Hour In The Classroom: 6 Principles Of Genius Hour</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p><i>Update: We did a t-shirt campaign of this graphic last year. It’s our old logo</i> …

Pedagogy

Why So Many Students Dislike Reading

Why So Many Students Dislike Reading by Terry Heick We tend to teach reading in a very industrial way in the United States. We focus on giving kids …

Teaching

The 5 Priorities of Classroom Management

For beginning teachers, or for teachers like myself returning to teaching, the most difficult thing to master is classroom management. I had to …

15 Funny and Inspiring DEVOLSON Teacher Memes for the Fall

Good news, friends! DEVOLSON (a.k.a. the dark, evil vortex of late September, October, and November) is more than halfway over! But there are still …

Brazil

3 Assumptions Teachers Should Avoid

Luckily, if we’re aware of these assumptions, we can work to counteract them.<p>Three Assumptions That Can Lead to Frustration<p><b>1. I should know this.</b> No …

Teaching

A Weekly Morale Boost for Teachers

I cannot count the number of times I’ve heard a colleague advise a student to do what makes them happy. Yet I wonder often how many teachers are …

6 Reasons to Try a Single-Point Rubric

As educators, we know the power of a good rubric. Well-crafted rubrics facilitate clear and meaningful communication with our students and help keep …

Pedagogy

Meet the #SinglePointRubric

<b>The practice of using single point rubrics is slowly but surely catching on.</b> The simplicity of these rubrics — with just a single column of criteria, …

Pedagogy

7 Thinking Habits That Grow Strong Teachers

7 Thinking Habits That Grow Strong Teachers by Art Costa and Bena Kallick, Institute for Habits of Mind When considering teacher quality, we are …

Pedagogy

The Necessity Of Self-Criticism In Education

The Desperate Need For Self-Criticism in Education by Terry Heick To grow, teachers must be able to reflect critically on their own performance. …

Pedagogy

Anxiety Is Taking A Toll On Teens, Their Families And Schools

Anxiety is increasingly becoming a serious issue for American teens. Sixty-two percent of incoming freshman surveyed by the American College Health …

Mental Health

Building Resilience, Preventing Burnout

If you’re a new teacher, maybe you’ll feel affirmed to know that researchers have found that the hardest stretch of the school year, especially for …

Building a Thinking Classroom in Math

One day in 2003, I was invited to help June implement problem solving in her grade 8 classroom. She had never done problem solving with her students …

Using TED to Develop Presentation Skills

I recently attended the CATESOL conference in Oakland, CA and heard about a fantastic lesson plan that teaches presentation skills using TED. The …

Teaching

KQED

How do we measure learning beyond knowledge of content? Finding that winning combination of criteria can prove to be a complicated and sometimes …

Assigning More Writing—With Less Grading

Writing is complicated. Depending on the study you read, strong writing requires a mastery of 28, 34, or 47 distinct skills. The fact that …