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November 22, 2016

Coaches Should Know Their Communication Strengths to Collaborate With Others

More than learning about myself and others, was dispelling myths about certain ways of communicating and working on leaving judgment behind. It's important to see these styles as a given and once we know who we are and we are dealing with, we can more effectively collaborate.

November 15, 2016

What Makes Struggle Productive?

Many students work hard when it comes to doing the things they connect with like playing a sport or learning a musical instrument; even gaming generates opportunities to persist. Candy Crush for example, says you "failed" when you don't complete a level, yet, we don't throw our hands up in the air and never return to the game. We keep playing until we pass and sometimes we even continue to play to surpass an earlier score. However, students don't connect these skills to their learning. We have to make it transparent.

October 09, 2016

Make a Difference One Child at a Time

You may hear stories about "super" seniors, those who take longer to graduate than the allotted four years of high school, and think that it's a challenge to work this group of kids, but there is something really special about it too.

October 02, 2016

Are Procedural Lesson Plans Worth it?

In the first five years of teaching, writing lesson plans was absolutely necessary for me. Meticulously I planned the period, minute to minute insuring that everything was covered... just in case. Fearful of deviating, even a little, I wrote down questions with the exact answers I expected. This way...

September 24, 2016

Celebrate the Small Victories

As the days turn into weeks in my new home, I'm hoping to really become a part of the culture. Both helping within the structures that exist and helping them grow their toolboxes.

September 22, 2016

When There Isn't a Shared Vision, Meet Colleagues Where They Are

Great teaching can look a lot of different ways. Rather than try to make us all look the same, we need to embrace what makes our spaces special and just enhance the efforts for the benefits of the kids. This must be our goal.

September 11, 2016

Adjusting to My New School Culture

Aside from everything that is new, I'm really grateful to the few colleagues who have gone out of their way to really make me feel at home, answering my millions of questions and coming to my rescue when I have that "deer in headlights" kind of look on my face. What an exciting new adventure! I'm keeping my mind open. For those of you starting new jobs or welcoming new people into your job, what advice can you share?

September 06, 2016

A Letter to Myself on the Eve of My 15th Year of Teaching

Read on to share the letter I've written to myself at the beginning of my 15th year. What message would you write to yourself in a letter?

August 28, 2016

Student-Centered Coaching - Let's Make it About Kids

When we move away from a teacher-centered coaching relationship toward a student-driven one, we shift away from punitive structures and toward collaborative engagement to ensure student success beyond teacher success. Let's face it, doesn't matter how good a teacher is in the classroom if the students are getting what they need. It's all about applying the best strategies for the specific kids who are in front of us to help them achieve.

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