National speaker Rick Wormeli is in his second day of presenting a candid and provocative seminar in which he’s identifying operating tenets and non-negotiable principles in our teaching philosophy, then discussing what they mean for classroom practice. The goal of the seminar, which is being attended by K-12 educators across the region, is to minimize hypocrisies and raise the integrity between teaching beliefs and classroom decisions.

Topics of conversation include:

Rick Wormeli

• What conventional practices are thrown out the window for a teacher who believes all students can learn but maybe at a different pace, that parroting information does not demonstrate mastery, or fair isn’t always equal?
• What about those that think teachers are no longer the arbiter of knowledge for students, or “carrot and stick” motivation programs don’t work, or schools should drop averaging?

Here are just a few Tweets coming from the event:

Involve students in the formulation of problems, don’t just assign problems for students to solve. #principles @EducPlus @ddmeyer

— Keri Skeeters (@KeriSkeeters) December 18, 2013

The relationships among the adults in your school have a significant impact on student learning & student achievement. @RickWormeli #edchat

— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) December 18, 2013

Wormeli–Recovering in full from failure teaches more than being labeled for failure ever could teach. #hsdpd13 #principles

— Angie Muse (@angiemariemuse) December 17, 2013