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    When something is broken we try to fix it. Oftentimes, if the damage isn’t too bad, then we are successful. This is true with things. It is not true with people. And yet we go about our days constantly trying to fix the children that we serve. When really we should be focusing on making them better. This may seem like a minute detail. But I believe the difference between the two is significant. I currently spend much of my day working with children who have many social and emotional needs. O ...

    by Jon Harper / @Jonharper70bd
    Friday, 28 October 2016
  • Tell Your Story: Role Reversal

    In The Power of Branding, Tony Sinanis and Joe Sanfelippo define branding as “The marketing practice of creating a name, symbol, or design that identifies and differentiates a product from other products.” Tell Your Story As a classroom teacher, there were a few ways in which I differentiated my classroom from others: My students were regularly engaged in project based learning. My students consistently used various technologies in meaningful ways, such as to demonstrate a deeper unde ...

    by Ross Cooper | @RossCoops31
    Thursday, 27 October 2016
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    Teacher Experience Matters But...

    "The sky is the limit. You never have the same experience twice" - Frank McCourt I was a “hot shot” science teacher in 2003, my first year of teaching. I mean: I was young, eager, and driven to be the best educator out there; one to change the world one action and one student at a time. I really cared about providing the best possible education to the disadvantaged youth of the Chicago’s Dunbar Career Vocational Academy, and though I was as fresh as it gets in my profession, I held a co ...

    by Oskar Cymerman | @focus2achieve
    Wednesday, 26 October 2016
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    The Best Laid Plans of Grown-ups

    This afternoon we took the grandsons to a playground. It's a lovely playground, one of many, many lovely playgrounds available in Seattle. Here's a look at just some of the cool playground stuff available there.                         And here is how my oldest grandson spent a good chunk of his time. It's a well-flogged truism that children will throw away the toy and play with the box, that they will reject the f ...

    by Peter Greene @palan57
    Wednesday, 26 October 2016
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    Missing Socks

    I want to start making time to find my missing socks because it pisses me off when I can't. It doesn't sound like much. I know. But it bothers me that they go missing. And every morning I waste a few seconds here and a few there hoping that at least one might magically return. What would my productivity mentors say? Well, they don't really know that their my mentors. But I look to them for ways that I can be more productive with my time. I am referring to the countless people that share infor ...

    by Jon Harper / @Jonharper70bd
    Monday, 24 October 2016
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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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