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Skylar L. Primm

Environmental Educator /
Project-Based Learning Teacher

About Me

I grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, and live in Madison, Wisconsin.

I teach math and science at High Marq Environmental Charter School in the Montello School District.

I research, write, reflect, and grow with the Greater Madison Writing Project and facilitate with Rise Up & Write.

I serve on the boards of the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education and the Human Restoration Project.

I was a 2017 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellow.

I take photos (mostly nature, often lichens) for fun.


My Mission Statement

Teaching is fundamentally about relationships. Therefore, my mission as a teacher is to cultivate compassionate classroom communities where every learner feels safe, challenged, and heard. I am dedicated to ongoing reflection and growth, both professionally and personally.


Blog Posts

Greater Madison Writing Project

"Normal does not exist." (November 2019)

Focusing in on Humane Assessment (September 2019)

Rise Up & Transform Lives (August 2019)

My Students’ Thoughts on a Year Without Rubrics (July 2019)

Looking Back on a Year Without Rubrics (June 2019)

On Pivoting (May 2019)

Swirling in the Polar Vortex (March 2019)

I’m just gonna stop using rubrics. (December 2018)

How do you assess that? (November 2018)

“It sounds like a nice version of ‘test,’ which I hate.” (October 2018)

My Assessment Autobiography (August 2018)

Set Them Up and Get Out of the Way (August 2018)

On Driving Bus & Paying Attention to Kids (May 2017)

The Simple Pleasure of Taking Kids Outside to Write (March 2017)

Green Schools National Network

Capstone Projects Provide Stability in a Tumultuous School Year (July 2019)

A Win-Win-Win Project for Students in Wisconsin (May 2017)

McGraw-Hill's The Art of Teaching

Why Teaching Outside Builds an Ecosystem of Community and Collaboration (November 2019)

Teachers Going Gradeless (TG2)

Beyond the Classroom: Developing leadership and community through outdoor learning (June 2019)


Magazine Articles

BRIGHT Magazine

Meet the School Where Students Call the Shots (October 2015)

Green Schools National Network Catalyst Quarterly

Creating a More Sustainable Future (September 2017)

Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine

Learning Rooted In Place (with Kim Wahl) (April 2017)


Podcast Appearances

The Human Restoration Project

Things Fall Apart Season 3: Episode 2
It All Orbits Purpose feat. Kendall Cotton Bronk, John Cagle, Skylar Primm, and Elizabeth Martin

Teachers Going Gradeless (TG2)

TG2Cast Season 2 Episode 5
Environmental Learning with Skylar Primm