December 26, 2016

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Teaching on purpose

My 9 year old is obsessed with soccer right now.  It seems like he’s constantly dribbling a ball around the house, trying new moves to get by his brothers and sister, passing the ball off the walls over and over, and seeing how many times he can juggle the ball without it touching the ground. […]

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December 6, 2016

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The Art of Feedback

I meet with a group of educators each week to talk shop, and this week our conversation turned to how to give effective feedback.  We started the conversation by watching a video of a 6th grade teacher delivering a lesson and then talked about how we would offer feedback to this particular teacher. The conversation included […]

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November 27, 2016

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Don’t Get Body Slammed by a Lowland Gorilla

Just last week a student of mine alluded to one of those ridiculous old Direct TV commercials.  Remember these?  “When you pay too much for cable, you feel down.  When you feel down, you stay in bed.  When you stay in bed, they give your job to someone else…” The scenario quickly devolves so that […]

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November 13, 2016

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Pull, Push, and Nudge

“In the end it’s best to pull whenever you can, push whenever you must, and nudge all the time.”  That’s the closing (and the best) line of an article that someone sent my way this week.  The article is called The Power of Professional Capital – adapted from a book written by two Canadian Education Gurus […]

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November 4, 2016

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Be More Curious. Take More Risks.

I was recently given an article called “Four (Secret) Keys to Student Engagement.”  I was, of course, excited right away because the title had the words “Secret Keys” and that sounds super cool.  Plus, all teachers want to have students who are more engaged so if these authors had the secret keys to pull that off, […]

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