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Find the Ones Who Haven’t Given Up by: Laura McDonell

Find the Ones Who Haven’t Given Up by: Laura McDonell

March 02, 2021 | Administrators Organization Planning Students Teachers Technology

Listen One of my favorite movie scenes is the final scene in the movie Tomorrowland. The movie stars scientist Frank Walker, played by George Clooney, who at the end instructs Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), as well as several other kids in Tomorrowland, to go out and find the people who...

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Create More Space by Laura McDonnell

Create More Space by Laura McDonnell

February 22, 2021 | Administrators Early Childhood Higher learning Organization Performance Planning Teachers

Discovering Ways to Empower and Connect in the Classroom What is the best way to set up your classroom? What is the best use of space in the classroom? And, how can we continue creating spaces for students to thrive? Because each teacher is different, each makeup of students is...

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Space for Not Yet - by Laura McDonnell

Space for Not Yet - by Laura McDonnell

February 17, 2021 | Administrators Parents Performance Students Teachers

Listen A delay is not a denial. (Vernon Wright) Embrace the Not Yet Space One of the most challenging things is not being where we want to be. It is difficult to realize that there is space between where we are and where we want to go. I choose to...

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The Comparison Trap by Laura McDonell

The Comparison Trap by Laura McDonell

February 09, 2021 | Administrators Parents Students Teachers

Listen It doesn’t happen all at once. But you notice it all at once.  Little by little, changes take place. One minute you are ecstatic about your students’ work, and cannot believe the creativity and risks you have taken over the past year. And then, after only a few weeks...

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It’s Not Just About Books by Laura McDonell

It’s Not Just About Books by Laura McDonell

February 08, 2021 | Administrators Curriculum Performance Planning Remote learning Teachers

Listen Understanding What’s Involved in Learning What if someone who had a lot of professional knowledge in an area said something you disagreed with? What if the path you were on was ready to take a turn, and you had not seen it coming? A Life-Changing Podcast Last week I...

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“Fine” is A Terrible Word by Laura McDonell

“Fine” is A Terrible Word by Laura McDonell

January 18, 2021 | Administrators Health Mental Health Students Teachers

Being Honest Does Not Necessarily Mean You are Negative It is okay, to be honest.   It is okay, to be honest, but it is not okay, to be honest and unwilling to look for a way to move forward. While it is true that the more positive we are, the...

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What does it Mean to Seek The Next Level? by Laura McDonell

What does it Mean to Seek The Next Level? by Laura McDonell

January 06, 2021 | Administrators Health Mental Health Parents Planning Stress Students Teachers

Listen How Observation and Choosing the Struggle Allow us to Become Fearless Identifying the Next Level What does the next level look like?  Our family loves to play Pacman. My sons and my husband are very good at playing the game, so their next levels look quite different from mine....

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Stepping Into my Students’ Shoes by Laura McDonell

Stepping Into my Students’ Shoes by Laura McDonell

December 07, 2020 | Administrators Parents Students Teachers

How Running 100 miles in Six Days makes me a Better Teacher Step into my shoes and walk the life I am living, and if you get as far as I am, maybe you will see how strong I am. (Anonymous) As a teacher, I often think about how to...

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Reformation: Identifying Sources of Inspiration

Reformation: Identifying Sources of Inspiration

October 28, 2020 | Administrators Leadership Legislation Parents Performance Teachers

Listen One of the purposes of this series of articles was to talk about schools, leaders, administrators, philosophers of education, technologists, architects, and teachers who were visibly succeeding in education and making an impact. But our eleven schools are notably only a small sampling. Since beginning this series, we’ve heard...

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Reformation: Creating or Redefining Your Purpose Statements

Reformation: Creating or Redefining Your Purpose Statements

October 14, 2020 | Administrators Leadership Organization Student Achievement Teachers

Listen In our last article, we shared some of the mission statements, vision statements, and value lists for some of the top schools in the world. As we looked through these statements, we were really inspired to work on our own statements. Many, if not all, schools and districts have...

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Reformation: Defining Your Purpose

Reformation: Defining Your Purpose

October 13, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum International Teachers Technology

Listen Have you ever asked a student, “Why are you here?” when they seem to be floundering in school? We want them to find a reason for attending school that is their own, something that will drive them forward when they are worn out or have lost their will to...

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Checking in on Mental Health

Checking in on Mental Health

September 29, 2020 | Administrators Health Leadership Legislation Mental Health Planning Students Teachers

Listen We have written a lot about mental health in the last 6 months since the world seems to have gotten turned upside down, but that’s just how important of a topic it is! While most of this seems to have started with the COVID-19 pandemic back in March, the...

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