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Practice makes permanent. This is what we've become conditioned to say in recent years. It's a true statement no doubt, but what kind of practice are we talking about? And, how do we teach our students to practice to attain better memory, understanding, and ultimately deeper learning?

Here's the method I use:


1. Get Good Sleep

The brain uses a lot of energy, which produces a lot of waste products. This waste is made up of toxins that can destroy brain cells unless they are removed. The buildup of toxins makes it hard to focus. The toxins are flushed out during sleep when the brain relaxes. If you don't sleep enough, toxins build up. A tired brain and a toxic brain doesn’t work very well, so learning is harder.

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Posted by on in Education Resources



I was a weird child. Once in second grade, I wore underwear to school thinking they were shorts. I remember that red pair of underwear. Rubber band drawn through waist. White numbers figuring prominently. Swag.

As an adult, I am still weird. In an adult sort of a way.

I mean, I don’t wear just underwear to work. And though I do wear a pair of pants every single day, they sometimes have a stain on them.

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Posted by on in Social Emotional Learning

Stressed student

Stress Impairs. Stress Damages. Stress Kills.

Stress stinks really bad.

Fear, anxiety, shame, powerlessness, hopelessness. These are all feelings that can lead to stress.

But are they real? 

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Posted by on in Professional Development

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I absolutely love the first 20 seconds of this commercial, as it represents what I believe is one of the most widespread problems in “Instructional Leadership” (not that I haven’t been guilty at various points in time).

Here we have a pest monitor (administrator) entering into a house (classroom), declaring there is a problem with termites (instruction), and promptly leaving without offering a solid solution.

Although we may laugh at the thought of something like this taking place in a school, from conversing with educators across my personal learning network (PLN), I do believe similar events occur on at least a somewhat regular basis.

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Posted by on in General

LEARN TO TEACH isn't a declarative or imperative. I'm not slamming your approach or telling you I've got the goods on classroom management, pedagogical mindset, or a million other things you probably have a better handle on than I do.   I'm lucky enough to do the work I do and so are you.  LEARN TO TEACH is my way of reminding myself to keep questioning and learning from the world around me-- to turn exciting and mundane experiences alike into ones that I can find truth and knowledge in, so I can share them with students and turnkey them into project-based programs. Simply put: I LEARN TO TEACH. 


The Lower Bay is the body of water that runs between New Jersey, Staten Island, and Brooklyn.  Every once in a while I'm lucky enough to go out on a friend's boat and explore the water with a knowledgeable group of fisherman and a legit sea captain. For a lot of people, this is a day to relax, to shut down the brain and take in the sun.  For people like us, those obsessed with finding new ways to turn the content we are expected to teach into something great, a trip on the ocean(or anywhere) can inspire a thousand lessons we can bring back to our classrooms. More importantly it can inform who we are as learners, so that we can better serve our students.  Here are 3 lessons I learned about how to become a better teacher:  


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