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September 28, 2017

Celebrate Positives With Classroom Walk-Throughs

Feedback is a powerful tool and positive, sincere, specific feedback is a great way for them to know I see what they are doing and I appreciate it. Although I will always feel like I spend too much time in my office and think fondly of my experiences in the classroom, I look forward to the time I spend with the teachers and our kids and can't wait to get my first invitation to lead a lesson. I mean, I can't expect my teachers to take big risks, if I'm not willing to do what I ask.

September 19, 2017

Let the Learning Lead, Not the Label

If we want students to see themselves as life-long learners, who value progress in their own learning experiences, we need to promote an environment that fosters a formative feedback cycle in lieu of summative grades.

September 17, 2017

Modeling Transparency and Vulnerability as a New Leader

As we grow together as a team, I have high hopes that I can ease the woes of anticipation. Although my position title preceeds me as a person, it is my character and willingness to lead from the middle with my team that I hope drives our ability to do what's best for kids.

September 14, 2017

Managing Time Without a Bell Schedule

As a high efficiency kind of person who has always prided myself on getting things done and doing them better than well, I have a hard time allowing myself not to be productive. It may be time for me to redefine what that looks like and sounds like.

September 10, 2017

Fostering SMART Goals for the New Year

As a reflective educator, setting SMART goals and charting a path to follow has helped me become better for kids, writes opinion blogger Starr Sackstein.

September 05, 2017

Hopes for a New School Year

As my nerves bubble up and ready myself for bed, I request that each of you willingly share what you learn along the way and ready yourself to share your awesome wisdom as we continue to travel on this journey together.

September 03, 2017

Changing the Way We Think About Assessment

Assessment needs to be about students goals, student performance, student reflection and student self assessment with the teacher as an essential coach or facilitator in the process.

August 26, 2017

Stepping Through the Looking Glass

Eager to meet my new colleagues and learn about the school culture, I'm diving head first into my new position. Instead of fearing what is beyond the title, I'm embracing it.

August 22, 2017

On the Precipice of a New Adventure

So as I run into this new position, I do it with the same vigor and excitement I did for teaching. Eager to make a good impression and do right by the teachers and students I will be working with and really help to participate in the change in my new school community.

August 06, 2017

Develop Community Partners to Increase Student Learning

Read how Dr Robert Dillon builds ties with the community to enhance real, authentic learning experiences.

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