How a Pandemic Exposed Education's Flaws, Clearing Paths to Change

By Mark Barnes

Teachers and school leaders sacrificed so much during a global pandemic. A tsunami of issues came hurtling their way, but they stood on the shore, dug in their heels, and would not be moved.

They embraced the Zoom age, hybrid teaching, and remote learning, while constantly...

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uNveiling a Place to Call Home: Making the Classroom a Safe Space for Every Student

No matter how much we travel or how often we go away, there is always one place we look forward to getting back to: home. It is the place where we feel most comfortable, loved, and free.

Home is where we are accepted for who we are by those we love the most. After a long day at work, home is...

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Limiting Quit Points: Supporting Students in Creative Ways

Trying to account for the individual needs of diverse learners is one of the most significant challenges for educators.

Even when teachers use dynamic resources and offer active learning opportunities, some students will be bored or fall behind.

We all learn differently, and our success in the...

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Breaking Down Standards: Translate into Instructional Practices

Teachers often have a clear understanding of what they are supposed to teach, whether it’s from an existing curriculum, a vendor product, or years of collected strategies.

They don’t think they necessarily have to know what’s in every one of the standards, nor do they have time...

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Taking Time for You: Self-care as a teacher

Journaling is meant for you, the teacher, because you deserve to set aside time for yourself.

By giving yourself Permission to Pause and taking a few minutes or more each day to focus on the present, you gain clarity on your priorities and unravel what is worth nurturing and what you need to...

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Teaching with Compassion: Tools for creating magnificent days

Magenta is bold, it’s vibrant, and the color holds noble qualities. 

Teaching in Magenta means creating magnificent days. This post provides a refreshing approach to teaching that puts your joy and well-being first so you can share those attributes with your students.

Veteran...

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Mediation and Restorative Justice: Creating a culture of communication in the classroom

Educators don’t always give students a voice when they make a mistake. Punitive systems require that blame be assigned to one party, and punishment be given to address the behavior.

However, punitive consequences mean creating a temporary bandage for an issue. They do very little when it...

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3 Reasons Why Project Based Learning Works

Before you continue reading this post, take some time to reflect on your own school experience.

Whether it was a few years ago, or a few decades ago, what are those learning experiences that you remember most? What were those experiences that kept you most engaged? Which experiences had the best...

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Teaching With the Right Tools for Success

It has often been said that to be a runner, all you need is a pair of shorts and some shoes.

While this may be true in theory, from my experience, running goes well beyond those two simple pieces of equipment. Yes, shorts and shoes may be enough to get you started, but at the same time, they may...

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Repair the Harm: Teaching students to take direct responsibility for their actions

Suspensions, detentions, and referrals to the office all have one common flaw: they are exclusionary processes.

Asher threw pencil + Finlee threw pencil = two referrals to the office. They are both removed from the class and “taught” a lesson through the consequence. Throwing pencils...

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