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Freedom Over Fear by Laura McDonell

Freedom Over Fear by Laura McDonell

August 11, 2021 | Physical Activity Students Teachers

Listen The Freedom That Comes From Having the Courage to Take Risks I never lose. I either win, or I learn. (Nelson Mandela) Take Risks The previous two words come up a lot in conversation about growth and education. Often educators, when asked about different topics, will add ¨take risks¨...

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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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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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Find the Ones Who Haven’t Given Up by: Laura McDonell

Find the Ones Who Haven’t Given Up by: Laura McDonell

March 02, 2021 | Administrators Organization Planning Students Teachers Technology

Listen One of my favorite movie scenes is the final scene in the movie Tomorrowland. The movie stars scientist Frank Walker, played by George Clooney, who at the end instructs Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), as well as several other kids in Tomorrowland, to go out and find the people who...

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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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