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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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“Fine” is A Terrible Word by Laura McDonell

“Fine” is A Terrible Word by Laura McDonell

January 18, 2021 | Administrators Health Mental Health Students Teachers

Being Honest Does Not Necessarily Mean You are Negative It is okay, to be honest.   It is okay, to be honest, but it is not okay, to be honest and unwilling to look for a way to move forward. While it is true that the more positive we are, the...

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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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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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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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