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March 08, 2012

Personalized Learning Plan: Creating the Schools that We Want

We all know what it's like to get on the computer and research a topic of interest. For some of us, it doesn't matter how many hours we spend or how much money we make when we complete the research. The journey and the final product are what we truly care about. As a writer, there are many topic...

February 28, 2012

Communication Doesn't Have to Mean Reinventing the Wheel

Communication is one of the most important things we do everyday. It's done formally through great teaching practices, emails and one on one conversations we have with parents and professional conversations with colleagues. Formal communication is a part of our careers, and it is something we lear...

February 25, 2012

The Homework Debate

Sometimes parents want to help their children with homework but may not know the "right" way or newest way of doing it, which could be counterproductive to getting it done correctly. Why do teachers believe that homework is so important? Is it really important at all? Do teachers believe that what...

February 20, 2012

When the Internet Goes Down: Banning Technology

A few weeks ago I grabbed my trusty notebook off my desk and walked into a classroom to do a teacher observation. As I sat at the back table to get a better view of what was going on around me, I watched the teacher prepare to use her Smartboard. Unfortunately, the internet went down and she was no...

February 15, 2012

Helping Students Cope with Math Phobia

Educators may be teaching students to have a math phobia rather than teaching them to love the subject. On Monday our school celebrated the 100th Day. If you have ever spent time in an elementary school you know how excited primary students get about the 100th day of school. It's right up there wit...

February 12, 2012

The Stigma of Low Expectations

"We underestimate students when they fall short of expectations because they don't understand the school game and we determine that they lack motivation. " Carol Ann Tomlinson Recently, I read another great article in Educational Leadership by Carol Ann Tomlinson. Carol co-authored the article with...

February 04, 2012

Helping kids learn to succeed

Responding to Peter DeWitt's "The Benefits of Failure." Today's guest blog is written by Debbie Silver (parent of 5 boys and teacher of 30 years) The Japanese have a proverb that says, "Fall down 7 times, get up 8." I think that is a wonderful metaphor for what most of us want for our children. ...

February 02, 2012

Teaching Kids How to Disagree

Conflict resolution is one of the most important life skills that students can learn when it comes to social and professional relationships. If you've ever spent time in an elementary school, you understand that students get mad at one another. As a former first grade teacher I heard my share of ki...

January 24, 2012

Are Educators Data Driven to Death?

Data can tell educators and students where they have been successful and where they need help, but too much data can make those same educators lose focus of what they are supposed to be doing, which is educating students and creating a safe and nurturing environment. Data is quickly creeping into...

January 21, 2012

No Name Calling Week

No Name Calling Week is about so much more than just name calling. It's about what name calling symbolizes. It's pretty common for kids to call each other names. If you ever grew up with siblings, you probably got into a few fights with your brothers or sisters and called them a few names during th...

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