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I AM Poetry? by: Laura McDonell

I AM Poetry? by: Laura McDonell

April 27, 2021 | Performance Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen The Possibility of Being a Natural Poet You Are A Poet I have had several identities throughout my life. There are several things I belong to. However, when I heard that I was a poet, I was surprised. I have never thought of myself as someone who writes poetry....

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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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I Never Thought About That What If My Assumptions were Wrong  By: Laura McDonell

I Never Thought About That What If My Assumptions were Wrong By: Laura McDonell

March 30, 2021 | Administrators Leadership Performance Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen The Student Perspective Seeing things from the student’s perspective is challenging. After watching one of Dr. Kevin Leichtman’s videos, I realized that there might be a few things regarding education that I have never thought about. Understanding motivations behind student actions is a priority. The Perfect Ten offered me...

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Add More Music How the Pepper Effect Taps into the Magic of Creativity, Collaboration and Innovation  by: Laura McDonell

Add More Music How the Pepper Effect Taps into the Magic of Creativity, Collaboration and Innovation by: Laura McDonell

March 23, 2021 | Curriculum Organization Performance Student Achievement Teachers

Listen Where words fail, music speaks. (Hans Christian Anderson)  A Must Read A few weeks ago, I read The Pepper Effect by Sean Gaillard. After reading Gaillard’s book,  I gained a new perspective on how I can do things differently to achieve the impossible. The book helped me to think...

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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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Seeing My Students  by:  Laura McDonell

Seeing My Students by: Laura McDonell

March 09, 2021 | Mental Health Performance Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen Looking and seeing are two different things. (John Paul Caponigro) Allowing someone the opportunity to be seen and noticed is a gift. When I think about how many times I have quickly glanced around the classroom to “see” that my students are present and what they are working on,...

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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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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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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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