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What’s your passion?

February 1, 2017

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We talked about the makings of a great leaders this week.  The discussion started with an examination of James Kouzes and Barry Posner’s  list of “Ten Truths About Leadership.”  The truths they list are helpful but not surprising.  They mention things like believing in yourself, building credibility, developing relationships, sticking to you values, etc.  As […]

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The Art of Feedback

December 6, 2016

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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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Be More Curious. Take More Risks.

November 4, 2016

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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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I searched for the cure for polio

January 6, 2015

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Earlier this week I was talking with a friend and fellow high school teacher about the first day of the term that was quickly approaching.  He told me that he never goes over the syllabus or the class procedures on the first day.  “It can be kind of boring to talk through all of that […]

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The Greatest Week Video Contest

October 30, 2014

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It’s Homecoming week at Del Oro, and it’s huge.  Every day has a different dress up theme (doctors vs. patients, blast from the past, alarm didn’t go off, etc.) and students and teachers go all out with their costumes.  Every night this week students are at school until about 10pm building floats for the parade […]

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