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Mixing it Up

"We rarely create something different until we experience something different."  ~George Couros, The Innovator's Mindset 
We all know that repetition can lead to mastery. This is why, as teachers, we constantly ask our students to practice a skill we want them to master in our classes. There are many ways to do this; however, I personally believe that the time our students spend IN school allows numerous opportunities for consistency, repetition, and advancement of skills.

If you think about a high school student's typical school day, he or she visits 6-7 classes and spends about 45 minutes with each teacher.  Instruction, practice, and assessment consume the class period as teachers motivate their students to build and develop various skills. While at times it can be very difficult to get all of this done in 45 minutes, using time in class as opposed to asking the students to practice at home has numerous benefits. For one, it gives students a break to actually do …