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

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

December 03, 2020 | Mental Health Organization Parents Performance Teachers

Listen When I think of the word "mentorship," I think of some ideal mentors. Professor Dumbledore and Gandalf are some of the first mentors that come to my mind. However, I should start putting my fellow teachers on that list. In the final installment of "Change the Behavior, Change the...

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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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The Stay-at-Home Gratitude Scavenger Hunt by Laura McDonell

The Stay-at-Home Gratitude Scavenger Hunt by Laura McDonell

December 01, 2020 | Digital Early Childhood Homeschool Parents Performance Remote learning Rewards Teachers

Listen Re-Discovering the Blessings that Surround Us “No duty is more urgent than giving thanks.” (James Allen) Being grateful is not automatic.   Practicing gratitude is one of the quickest ways to lift your spirits and lift the spirits of people around you.   How do People Respond? When asked what they...

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Dear First Year Teacher by Hollie Hamaker

Dear First Year Teacher by Hollie Hamaker

November 30, 2020 | Leadership Performance Teachers

Listen Dear First Year Teacher,   Let me start by thanking you for joining the teaching profession. I am sure many have tried to scare you away. But you chose to become a teacher anyway.  Although the statistics vary, roughly 20 to 30 percent of teachers quit in their first...

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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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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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