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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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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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We Might Want It To Be Over… by  Laura McDonell

We Might Want It To Be Over… by Laura McDonell

January 05, 2021 | Curriculum Planning Remote learning Stress Teachers

Listen But...2020 Is still Worth Processing What did you love? And what do you want to be different next year?  No Doubt A Challenging Year The past year has been a challenging one for many reasons. One of the tough things is that it was unpredictable. This year was unlike...

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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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Technology and Education in the 21st Century By Debbie Thoreson

Technology and Education in the 21st Century By Debbie Thoreson

October 09, 2020 | Digital Planning Student Achievement Teachers

Listen            As a teacher, I have often thought, “Seriously, why does this student think I’ll believe this is hard for him?” After all, I begin with the same historical texts as I have for nearly a decade; yet I notice each year there are more...

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Student Reflections on Virtual and Hybrid Learning

Student Reflections on Virtual and Hybrid Learning

October 08, 2020 | Health Mental Health Planning Stress Students Teachers

Listen There is no question that this has been a very challenging year for teachers and administrators (OK, understatement doesn’t even begin to describe that statement).   But, our students are facing these challenges without the benefit of maturity, life experience, or a college degree!    Let’s not forget that...

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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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