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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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Another List – Teacher Traits

January 20, 2017

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I had fun writing last week’s list but I didn’t think that I’d make a habit of it.  But then someone posed this question yesterday to a group of educators I’m a part of: “What traits make up a good teacher?” If this doesn’t lend itself to another list, I don’t know what does.  The group […]

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A FERPA List

January 16, 2017

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FERPA – It’s the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act established in 1974 to protect the privacy and confidentiality of students and families.  I normally wouldn’t consider this blog material but I found myself with a group of educators this week talking FERPA.  Exciting, I know.  The conversation included a few horror stories of poor […]

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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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Don’t Get Body Slammed by a Lowland Gorilla

November 27, 2016

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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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