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Remembering What it is Like to be a Student by Laura Mcdonell

Remembering What it is Like to be a Student by Laura Mcdonell

January 12, 2021 | Curriculum Higher learning Mental Health Organization Planning Teachers

Listen How learning how to play chess made me a better teacher.   There is No Limit to What We Can Learn. I choose to believe in a growth mindset and have confidence that I can learn almost anything. Learning does not come without challenges, and there are times when...

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Change the Behavior, Change the Class (Part Three) by Hollie Hamaker

Change the Behavior, Change the Class (Part Three) by Hollie Hamaker

December 03, 2020 | Mental Health Organization Parents Performance Teachers

Listen When I think of the word "mentorship," I think of some ideal mentors. Professor Dumbledore and Gandalf are some of the first mentors that come to my mind. However, I should start putting my fellow teachers on that list. In the final installment of "Change the Behavior, Change the...

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The Best Choices are Right in Front of You by Laura McDonell

The Best Choices are Right in Front of You by Laura McDonell

December 02, 2020 | Organization Parents Performance Planning Stress Students Teachers

Listen Rearrange the ¨Furniture¨ and Discover a New Perspective Growing up, one of my favorite things to do was to rearrange my bedroom. I loved the opportunity to have my bed facing a new direction, a chance to slide the dresser into a new location and enjoy seeing things from...

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Is It Worth The Time? Finding a way to Stretch the Hours in a School Year by Laura McDonell

Is It Worth The Time? Finding a way to Stretch the Hours in a School Year by Laura McDonell

November 25, 2020 | Organization Parents Planning Teachers

Listen Stretching the Dollar If anyone can stretch a dollar, it is my Mom. A stay at home Mom who put her career on hold to raise four children, my Mom had to find a way to stretch one income. She was a master coupon clipper, sales shopper, and had...

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Show Students What’s Inside Your Head: Make Your Thinking Visible By Laura McDonell

Show Students What’s Inside Your Head: Make Your Thinking Visible By Laura McDonell

November 11, 2020 | Curriculum Organization Planning Students Teachers

Listen I can still remember Algebra class in high school. This class was different from other math classes. It was as if I went from being taught in a foreign language to entering a classroom where English was spoken. I could not believe that I understood what the teacher was...

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Listening

Listening

November 10, 2020 | Curriculum Organization Planning Students Teachers

Listen For teachers, this has become a year of “windows”. We’ve spoken to our students through the window of a computer screen, whether through pre-recorded lessons or live classes. The screen recorder counts down and then we’re going through the details of the instruction, or watching the squares as they...

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Book Review: The Distance Learning Playbook

Book Review: The Distance Learning Playbook

November 03, 2020 | Organization Performance Planning Remote learning Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen I was mowing the yard, listening to some education podcasts a couple of weeks ago, and listened to two different podcasters interview the authors of The Distance Learning Playbook: Teaching for Engagement & Impact in Any Setting.  First, it was Justin Baeder of Principal Center Radio interviewing Douglas Fisher....

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Reformation: Adjusting Responsibilities of Learning and Control

Reformation: Adjusting Responsibilities of Learning and Control

October 29, 2020 | Curriculum Organization Parents Performance Planning Students Teachers

Listen In the past, both the responsibility for learning and classroom control rested squarely on the shoulders of the teacher. If your students were loud and misbehaving, or if they failed a standardized test, you were not only held responsible for it in a figurative sense. Instead, you could lose...

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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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Part 2: Reformation: Indoor Learning Environments

Part 2: Reformation: Indoor Learning Environments

October 06, 2020 | International Organization Performance Students Teachers

Listen In our last article, we discussed how the Ron Clark Academy, Wooranna Park Primary, and Fuji Yochien embrace and have designed environments that are used to fulfill their mission statements and pedagogy. Here are a few more leaders in this area.  International School of Hellerup in Copenhagen The International...

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The Reformation Age of Education

The Reformation Age of Education

September 22, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Organization Remote learning Teachers

Listen We’ve known for some time that education was in need of a major overhaul. Many teachers and administrators have been ready for it for a long time. Some districts, a few states, and the occasional national leader have stepped up and championed the cause for change. But largely, our...

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Answering "Why" in Professional Development

Answering "Why" in Professional Development

September 21, 2020 | Administrators Organization Performance Student Achievement Teachers

Listen Years ago, I was in a professional development meeting that tackled the topic of adding “essential questions” to each of our planned lessons. There was instruction on the language we should use, the structure of the questions themselves, and how to tie each question to state standards. Yet I...

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