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  • Kids are by nature kinesthetic learners. Remote learning is not.
  • Kids surf the web and think we can’t see the reflection change the color of their faces.
  • Microphones…


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A third-grader once wrote on my whiteboard, “Ms. Head is nuts.” That tracks.

I finished my masters degree in May 2020. If I’d had the foresight to know that I would be graduating into a pandemic and a recession, I never would have quit teaching to study full time. 74 flopped job applications and six months later, I’ve turned to the freelance life. Kids need tutoring, and I’ve got a couple of degrees, a bundle of experience, and some award nominations to show for it. Enter: Heads Up Learning.


The rules are made up and the points don’t matter. So why do kids bother trying?

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A good teacher rule of thumb is to have your classroom rules come from your students. It empowers them to know that they’re the ones who curated the classroom culture, and increases their awareness of how they should behave.

In the first week of school every year, I reliably workshopped new rules. I put the onus on my eight-year-olds, letting them craft the laws that reflected their community and their values. (Little did they know that each year, the rules would look virtually identical to the last, thanks to a little subconscious direction from yours truly.)

Laura Head

Passionate educator writing insights on learning, travel, and whatever else comes to mind. Founder of Heads Up Learning. headsuplearning.co

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