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Take the LEAP Creating A Classroom Of Courageous and Empowered Learners By: Laura McDonell

Take the LEAP Creating A Classroom Of Courageous and Empowered Learners By: Laura McDonell

April 12, 2021 | Administrators Parents Performance Planning Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen Having courage means doing something when the answer of how it will turn out is unknown.  It is Not Always Easy to Be Courageous Courage is not something that comes naturally to everyone. And even when it is a familiar value, it is not always easy to practice courage...

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The Guts to be Not Good by: Laura McDonell

The Guts to be Not Good by: Laura McDonell

March 15, 2021 | Administrators Organization Parents Performance Planning Rewards Students Teachers

Listen How Starting Before your Ready is the Key to Success Three years ago, my middle son Luke decided that he wanted to play hockey.  He taught himself how to skate on our pond and was determined to try a new sport. Luke decided he was willing to start at...

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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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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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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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The Stay-at-Home Gratitude Scavenger Hunt by Laura McDonell

The Stay-at-Home Gratitude Scavenger Hunt by Laura McDonell

December 01, 2020 | Digital Early Childhood Homeschool Parents Performance Remote learning Rewards Teachers

Listen Re-Discovering the Blessings that Surround Us “No duty is more urgent than giving thanks.” (James Allen) Being grateful is not automatic.   Practicing gratitude is one of the quickest ways to lift your spirits and lift the spirits of people around you.   How do People Respond? When asked what they...

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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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Dealing with New Technology by Hollie Hamaker

Dealing with New Technology by Hollie Hamaker

November 17, 2020 | Parents Students Teachers Technology

Listen   For many teachers, virtual teaching is a four-letter word. The idea of having to use technology to teach can fill some with dread. Some teachers have even quit or retired, so they do not have to deal with technology's ever-changing world.  It seems that virtual teaching might not...

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A New Way To Improve: What it Looks Like to Get 1% Better Each Day By Laura McDonell

A New Way To Improve: What it Looks Like to Get 1% Better Each Day By Laura McDonell

November 16, 2020 | Leadership Parents Performance Students Teachers

Listen Last weekend I was inspired by a story. Chris Nikic became the first person with down syndrome to complete an Ironman triathlon (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile run completed in under 17 hours). Completing an Ironman Triathlon requires grit, determination, perseverance and stamina that most people only...

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