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

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

November 12, 2020 | Curriculum Performance Rewards Students Teachers

Listen In the second installment about changing behavior, we will talk about how rewards can impact your classroom. I highly recommend reading the first article before reading this one, as I reference it at one point a few paragraphs below. Some days, it seems impossible to create an atmosphere in...

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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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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 Schoolhouse, Your House

The Schoolhouse, Your House

November 05, 2020 | Curriculum Remote learning Students Teachers

Listen This year, we’ve all been lifted out of the familiar spaces we’ve enjoyed teaching for so long and are having to set up a home office that works well for both recorded lessons and live instruction. All the while, many of us have to think of the most important...

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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

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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