You're Burned Out, Stuck, and Ashamed: 3 Steps for Finishing the School Year Strong

It’s hard to assess your current reality and how it came to be when you’re just trying to keep your head above water. As teachers, we often don’t allow ourselves the time to reflect on where we started, where we are, how we got here, and where we want to be.

Teaching creates a...

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Lessons Learned From Baseball: How to Coach Students Through Math to Make It More Enjoyable

You’ve probably heard of the song by The Notorious B.I.G., “Mo Problems, Mo Money.” It’s an a cappella choral piece that poetically shares the scientific evidence which backs the claim that the amount of math homework students do per day has a direct impact on the...

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Getting To Know Your Students: Searching For the Spark In Each One

 Teachers often get swept up in student achievement. That’s totally understandable. It’s one of our primary jobs. But teachers also have an obligation to foster student passion. When students pursue their passion, their spark, they’re engaged.

That spark is hidden in some...

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Which of These 3 Educator Types Are You?

Ask a friend, "What type of educator are you?" and you'll get an array of answers. Some say, "I'm the type who gets things done," while others claim, "I'm the joker all kids love." The school administrator may contend to be, "The one who makes everyone succeed." 

We spent a few weeks talking...

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Email Overwhelm: Making Gmail Work for You

Years ago receiving an email was exciting, so you’d enjoy taking time to craft a reply.

Today, our inboxes are crammed full of emails. Many of us maintain multiple email addresses, which complicates the already complex daily ritual of deciding which unread messages are important and need...

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Google Is Your Friend: Learning and Embracing Google for Your Classroom Success

I was recently presented with a student-teacher who was unfamiliar with Google Classroom. Within a week, he was a card-carrying Google Classroom evangelist,

However, being a student-teacher meant that he didn’t have a school Google email account. No worries: He made his own separate school...

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Schools Need Lead Learners Not Bosses or Managers

When we asked educators to list the words they associate with school principals, their responses included: boss, disciplinarian,  supervisor, decision-maker, manager, evaluator disconnected, and isolated.

Although all these words are not necessarily negative, they don’t paint the most...

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Professional Development Isn't Working: A Vision for the Future of Education

 

The world is changing fast, and education hasn’t caught up. Teachers know schools need more innovation, change-making, and relevance. But HOW?

Michelle Blanchet and Darcy Bakkegard grew tired of everyone telling teachers what to fix without sharing the “how,” so...

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Pace Yourself: Teaching is a Marathon

After twenty years of teaching and more than fifty marathons, Mike Roberts is still chasing greatness. Now, he shares his experiences in his book Chasing Greatness. He shows you, teacher and/or marathoner, how to run the most enriching race of your life.

Teaching is a Marathon

From the...

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Shifting The Grades Mindset

Traditional grading has been ingrained in American educational culture for more than a century. Because of the culture of grades that has emerged, we have lost sight of what is important in school: the learning.

Too many students, parents, and educators focus excessively on labeling learning...

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