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    Jump In and Swim!

    I nearly drowned as a second grader! A couple of the other kids had their arms around our coach as she walked closer to the deep end of the pool. I followed closely behind her. But before I knew it, I could no longer bob up and down and touch the bottom of the pool with my toes. I panicked and tried desperately to keep my head above water. At the moment before I knew my life was about to end, I looked up into the stands and saw my mom motioning to me to put my head down and swim. “Swim, Sandy! ...

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    by Sandy King @sandeeteach
    Tuesday, 25 April 2017
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    Who's Mentoring You?

    I couldn’t wait for Dad to get home that evening.  You couldn’t wipe the smile off my face.  I peered around the bushes to scan for his car while delicately holding the yellow envelope careful not to bend it.     I got all A’s for the first grading period of my middle school career, and I couldn’t wait to see the reaction on his face!  It felt like days before his car finally appeared from the corner and pulled in the driveway.  He beeped the horn twice to ackno ...

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    by Neil Gupta | @drneilgupta
    Tuesday, 25 April 2017
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    Charts: The Enormous Power of a Teacher's Words

      My second-grade teacher, Mrs. Thompson, was a pudgy little lady with hair cropped close to her head. She looks mean in the yellowed class picture near the front of my school days’ scrapbook. But I can’t recall a single angry word ever spoken. I do remember that Mrs. Thompson was allergic to chalk. And I remember her compensating for this disability with charts. Math charts, writing charts, spelling charts, reading charts...every wall was plastered. We judged the day simply on the numb ...

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    by Tim Ramsey | @PlutoTim
    Tuesday, 25 April 2017
  • Student Success Should NEVER Be a Competition

    Teaching should not be "Survival of the Fittest" As a teacher, it can be hard to escape the political aspects of the job. As a mentor of mine once cleverly stated: "Choosing a career in education is choosing a career in politics." These politics are not making our profession any easier, and they tend to increase pressure on teachers to produce positive results. Right now, though, I want you to take a moment and STOP. While a lot of this depends on the team you are a part of and t ...

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    by Chad Ostrowski | @chadostrowski
    Monday, 24 April 2017
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    Flaws

        I have flaws. I have lots of them.   Peter DeWitt The first time we met, we hugged as if we’d been friends for years. It was at EdCamp Upstate New York in 2015. Before that day, Peter and I had only connected through email. Most of our emails had to do with pieces that I wrote for his blog Finding Common Ground that he publishes for Education Week. Peter gave me the opportunity to publish pieces for his blog on numerous occasions. In fact, looking back now I can’t h ...

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    by Jon Harper / @Jonharper70bd
    Sunday, 23 April 2017
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7 Apps Every Teacher Should Put on Her Christmas Wish List

Vicki Davis with Meri Walker

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Our guest is doing amazing work with apps and art, and brings us a list of great digital tools to engage your student's.

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Teaching Pitfalls: Signs That You Are Out of Balance and Heading for Burnout

Vicki Davis with Alicia Roberts

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In this segment, we talk about the dangers of  teaching without balance.  What is balance?  How does balance lead to burnout?  What are the red flags that signal you are slipping into the danger zone?  What should you do?

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Teaching Memories: A Few of My Favorite Things

Vicki Davis with Rodney Turner 

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Keeping with the spirit of the season, we ask our guest to reflect on a few of  the things he loves about teaching..

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