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  • How to Begin to Turn Around Reluctant Learners

    Reluctant learners have been a staple of school life since the earliest teachers and their students huddled around fires in smoky caves long ago. Popular culture abounds with images such as students staring dreamily out a classroom window, feeding their homework to the dog, and playing truant. All of us have been reluctant learners at one time or another. Even the most serious students don’t always feel like doing homework or paying attention in class or completing school projects. The differen ...

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    by Julia G Thompson | @TeacherAdvice
    Thursday, 19 April 2018
  • What Parents Need to Know

    Young children are the mensches of the world. (in Yiddish, a Mensch is a Good Person. Someone who does the honorable thing.) They don't know that their future depends upon teachers who understand child development. but they believe that adults are their guideposts, their role models, their wise ones. If an adult gives them a worksheet to do in the name of learning, they will gamely attempt it, especially if that adult gushes over their “good” result. If they are asked to make a spider fro ...

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    by Gail Multop @gailmult
    Wednesday, 18 April 2018
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    Boot Camp

    The social skill of the week was “Asking Permission.” My seventh graders were writing about an experience that had involved their use of this skill. The room was quiet as they filled out their index cards and as I prepared for the day’s lesson. I looked up and scanned the room. Everybody was on task. Except Ivan. The squirrely boy was on all fours, crawling on the floor between desks. “Ivan!” I bellowed. “What are you doing?” “I’m looking for my pencil,” he replied with a giggle. “It’s on ...

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    by Tim Ramsey | @PlutoTim
    Monday, 16 April 2018
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    Are You Not Entertained?

    These words were bellowed to the crowd by Russell Crowe’s character in Gladiator after he graphically destroyed every opponent that was put before him in the arena. His words, aimed at the audience, were meant to show his disgust at what was sacrificed at the expense of their entertainment. I can’t help but think that if I close my eyes, and imagine a voice with a little less bass, that these same words could be spoken by many educators across the country. You see, I feel like many educators ...

    by Jon Harper / @Jonharper70bd
    Sunday, 15 April 2018
  • Re-Imagining Educational Leadership: Beginning With Coffee

    I recently participated in a seminar on “student engagement” with new and experienced teachers, principals, vice-principals, and district-level educational leaders. We started with a basic icebreaker activity. We were asked to introduce ourselves by giving our names and sharing one word that reflects a central aspect of our educational philosophy. My chosen word led to a lot of blank stares and more than a few confused looks. “Hi, I’m Gillian Judson. My word is perfinker.” Most people nodde ...

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    by Gillian Judson @perfinker
    Tuesday, 10 April 2018
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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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