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    In The Next 5 Days

    Sometimes the thought of right now can be overwhelming! We have so much going on in our lives that we feel we cannot add one more thing to our already full plates. I did not write this post to convince you otherwise. I wrote this post to suggest a different way of thinking about things that pushes tothe side the right now mindset. Because let’s be honest. Right now is scary! And when we put right now demands on our brain it usually reacts in one of two ways. And I am not fond of either one. ...

    by Jon Harper / @Jonharper70bd
    Wednesday, 29 March 2017
  • A Classroom Mistake

    I've been thinking about mistakes in the classroom...mostly the ones I make. The first one that comes to mind happened when I was teaching first graders. I had put up a wonder wall and received lots of great questions and wonders. One day, when reading some of the wonders in our group, I read a great question about rainbows - and then I proceeded to answer it instead of leading the group in ways to discover the answer. I realized that mistake as I drove home. I'd missed a great opportu ...

    by R Scott Wiley | @sxwiley
    Tuesday, 28 March 2017
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    An Unexpected Consequence for Kids Who Sit Too Much

    The list of consequences for kids forced to sit too long is a lengthy one. Among other things, sitting is now considered as detrimental to health as is smoking (the human body was built to move!). Research also has shown us that sitting increases fatigue and reduces concentration, neither of which is an optimal condition for learning. And we all know that young children need to physically experience concepts to best understand them. So, when I tell you that too much sitting in classrooms also ...

    by Rae Pica | @raepica1
    Tuesday, 28 March 2017
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    Ian was still working on his state reading assessment as lunch time approached. His classmates had finished and surprisingly remained quiet as he worked. During that time, this little boy, who has all the signs of ADHD – but no diagnosis, and no medication – twisted around in his seat, bopped to an imaginary beat, tapped his pencil and averaged the completion of approximately one question every twenty minutes. The patience of his peers far surpassed my own. The rule for testing day is that an ...

    by Tim Ramsey | @PlutoTim
    Tuesday, 28 March 2017
  • 3 Things Your Administrators Wish You Knew

    Sometimes things aren't what they seem... As a teacher I very rarely thought of things from the perspective of my administrator. I still tend to develop training, development, and the services I provide to schools and districts from a teacher-centered perspective. It has always been and always will be my belief that initiatives and instructionalmethods will work better when built this way. While I continue to primarily work with teachers, my interactions with administrators are muc ...

    by Chad Ostrowski | @chadostrowski
    Monday, 27 March 2017
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Back to School: Recovering the Passion To Make a Difference

Gail Connelly with Former U.S Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch

pic Historian and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch travels the nation speaking to educators and says that the depth of discouragement in the field is at an all time high. Why are so many educators demoralized? More importantly, how can those who feel this way recover their passion to make a difference? Diane offers some great advice.
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