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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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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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Making Memories for Students by Hollie Hamaker

Making Memories for Students by Hollie Hamaker

January 07, 2021 | History Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen "Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods, and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system." -Sidney Hook Think of your favorite teacher from when you were in school. What do you remember from them? I doubt it was taking notes or listening to...

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Reformation: Attitudes About Student Learning Ability

Reformation: Attitudes About Student Learning Ability

November 09, 2020 | Curriculum Performance Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen We’ve all heard the idea that every student can learn, but believing that takes on a whole new level of faith when you’re in the trenches with struggling students. Our gut instinct is to get out of the situation and hand that student over to someone “more qualified” to...

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Reformation: Content Delivery

Reformation: Content Delivery

November 06, 2020 | Curriculum Performance Student Achievement Students Teachers Technology

Listen Lecture is incredibly difficult to get away from, isn’t it? Even in the earlier grades, it’s often difficult to let go and let discover rather than presenting all the information known to mankind in the areas in which we are certified experts. Science tells us that lecture is ineffective...

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The Most Important Piece of the Virtual Classroom Puzzle:  Re-Engagement - Laura McDonell

The Most Important Piece of the Virtual Classroom Puzzle:  Re-Engagement - Laura McDonell

November 04, 2020 | Curriculum Remote learning Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen     Imagine this. You are a 10th grader.  Week one, you are coming off summer break to find out that your parents signed you up for virtual learning. Frustration is an understatement as you beg and beg to go to school in person.  In an effort to show...

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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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Tips for Virtual Teaching for Lower Elementary

Tips for Virtual Teaching for Lower Elementary

October 30, 2020 | Remote learning Student Achievement Students Teachers Technology 1 comment

Listen Introduction Teaching elementary students online is a difficult prospect, but a necessary one given the circumstances of the world today. There are naysayers who will say that teaching online at this age is impossible, that the difficulties and barriers make virtual teaching ineffective.This is not true, but it is...

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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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