Jen O.

The New Rules of Rigor: Complete Toolkit

The New Rules of Rigor Complete Toolkit Rigor defined:A learning experience is RIGOROUS when it pushes students to think deeply, to stretch their thinking in new directions, and to lean into their curiosity, knowing that the adults around them fully believe in their high potential. To make rigor a reality:  Rigor Rule #1)   Create a culture of high expectations for all. Believe that …

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Windows & Mirrors Checklist

Windows & Mirrors Have you ever heard the term “windows & mirrors?” I remember learning about it at an anti-racism event a couple years ago. We were discussing Sesame Street and the role it played in shaping parts of our racial identities/awareness.   Sesame Street was a groundbreaking show for a number of reasons, one of which being …

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‘What’s Your Why?’ Discovery Tool

Use this tool to discover your own unique Why, or even to craft a Why statement for yourself, your school, or your classroom The phrase “Your ‘why’” is enough to elicit anything from a knowing nod, to a proud smile, to an over-it eye-roll in the business world; it’s common lingo over there. Over here in education …

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Norm-setting: what is it, why do it, & a free norms menu

I’d be willing to bet that we’ve all been in a meeting at one point or another where… … a few colleagues get into a heated debate, or …everybody clams up and disengages, or …the whole damn thing go off the rails entirely. Any of those sound familiar? If so, there’s a good chance norm-setting …

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“Inclusive Classrooms Close Equity Gaps”

On March 13, I was honored to present at the annual GA Charter Schools Conference. That day also happened to be the last school day before quarantine began, so many people who wanted to attend the session were unable to. Thus, this webinar recording was born :).  I am passionate about helping educators create more inclusive …

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Community-Oriented Classroom Management

Community-oriented classroom management shows everyone they belong. Since belonging is one of our most fundamental human needs (see: Maslow), this style of classroom management is not only extremely effective, but also humanizing. The dictionary defines community as: “a unified body of individuals who feel a sense of fellowship with each other, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.“   ( …Ok, …

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