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Ben Talsma

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January 5, 2022 Ice Cream for Dinner and Encouraging Play

Should you ever eat ice cream for dinner at school? I never used to think so; I’m still not sure I do.…

December 15, 2021 'Twas the Night Before Teaching

In the weeks before Christmas, I felt like each day, My students' attention Slipped farther away. Attention was wandering; Minds…

December 8, 2021 Learning from the Webb

The countdown has begun; we’re two weeks away. It could all go wrong, of course. What might have been a time…

November 24, 2021 Giving Thanks for Teachers

Thanksgiving is no time for despair. Even though things might be dark right now — so dark that optimism feels almost offensive…

November 10, 2021 Weird Rubric Tricks to Save You Time

I like rubrics, but something has always seemed a little... “off” about them. Part of it is because they lend an…

October 27, 2021 A Teacher’s Work is Never Done

There’s always another snag to plan for, another bit of feedback to provide, another problem to solve. However, there are only so…

October 15, 2021 The One Big Problem in Education Today

I recently sat down with a dozen administrators at a networking event. Ostensibly, we were going to discuss approaches to learning loss.

October 4, 2021 Help Students Create a Wiser World

For most of human history, we lived in tribal groups. When you live in a tight-knit tribe of thirty or so, defending yourself…