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December 13, 2018

Making the Most of Group Work Time

One of the best parts of orchestrating great group work in class is the amount of flexibility it gives a teacher to really work with students where they are. It also allows students to work at an appropriate pace, learn how to collaborate, and collectively problem solve

November 29, 2018

Educator Voices Must Be Heard, That's Why We Blog

Each of us has a responsibility to share our stories the way we want to share them. If we choose not to be the owner of our personal brand, then other people will tell our stories for us and then we lose control over the reality of our spaces.

October 23, 2018

Mindset and Attitude Affect Our Interactions in Leadership

Leadership is hard and helping adults develop into their best selves takes time and patience. Not everyone will be ready to hear the message or take the risk, but we can't give up on. We need to meet them where they are (just like with our students) and help them grow from there. Differentiate your approach based on what you know and continue to learn about your team members and share feedback regularly.

August 19, 2018

A Shift for Our Kids in the Way They Think About Learning

Guest post by Mark Erlenwein In 2013 I became the newly appointed fourth principal of my alma mater after 16 years as a STEM teacher and assistant principal in the same building I practically grew up in. My time as a student at Staten Island Technical High School, although 25 years ago, are vivi...

July 24, 2018

Writing a Flexible Curricular Map to Ensure Student Voice is Heard

Learning is deeply personal and engaging when done right, and every school can be developing lifelong learners by setting up expectations that involve student and teacher participation.

June 01, 2018

The Power of Silence: Use Wait Time to Increase Student Thinking

All students learn at a different pace and we need to honor the time it takes for all students to participate and engage with the learning in a way that makes sense to each of them. Let's try not to unintentionally take that opportunity away from them.

May 13, 2018

Six Ways Teaching Has Made Me a Better Mom

My early teaching days were littered with crazy mishaps and expectations that often mimicked my perfectionist student ways. Always eager to please and be the best version of myself, I tirelessly worked to be a perfect teacher and (as you can imagine) often failed to meet that mark. Teaching is an ar...

April 29, 2018

School Librarians Are Rockstar Resources

School librarians are vital to student learning as early as kindergarten. The exposure alone to books and experiencing the atmosphere young can really set up a positive connection to learning in all forms.

April 19, 2018

No Matter How Well We Do, It's Hard Not to Focus on 'That One Thing'

As I continue to reflect on my experiences this year, I will look deeply into my learning growth and challenges to set meaningful goals for the future and try not to be too hard on myself when things don't go my way the first time.

April 15, 2018

It's Time to Let Go of Tired Teaching Habits

Read as guest blogger Aric Foster shares why we should retain our passion for learning without holding on to practices that we are just comfortable with. Too often, they aren't serving the right purpose anymore, so we owe it to ourselves and our students to make some changes.

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