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  • The Parrot, A Thanksgiving Parable

    The Parrot, A Thanksgiving Parable I hope you enjoy this story, perfect for your Thanksgiving festiivities. Traditionally my family has always shared stories, our thanks of course, made plenty of toasts, and I always wrote plays for the kids. Once in awhile we found something really fun to share at the table; this one came to me a long time ago from our friend Katie. I cannot source it, maybe it's famiiar to you. Let me know. Anyway, here goes. Get your grin on, and maybe just maybe some life ...

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    by Rita Wirtz | @RitaWirtz
    Thursday, 23 November 2017
  • Data, Digits, Skullduggery

    During the last week, Pat has shown a 6.3 rate of response in class, with a score of 75 on the Hendrix Orientation Scale. Informal assessment yield a 82 (well within the "moderate" range) for response accuracy. In a forty-minute period Pat showed a 45 for Attentiveness Measure, but Pat's interactions with peers score a 21 on Hemmings Interaction Index. However, that places Pat's Optimal Utilization Index Score well under the minimum desired level of 55.  That's one report I could fill out ...

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    by Peter Greene @palan57
    Wednesday, 22 November 2017
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    Teachers, do nothing

        Don't underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering. Piglet    I know I can't be the only one who has witnessed this phenomenon. It has happened to me so often that I have convinced myself that I am not alone. Tell me you have witnessed this at least once in the past month and when you did, you knew it was pure luck. What I am referring to are those moments in our lives, and I do me ...

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    by Jon Harper / @Jonharper70bd
    Monday, 20 November 2017
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    Voice & Choice

    We have seen research over and over again that, when learners have a choice in identifying what to learn and how they want to learn it, it has produced academic success and allows creativity to flourish. This is nothing new.  The way many teachers, schools, and districts are finally embracing it is. About five years ago, I was introduced to the EdCamp professional development model, where educators not only choose what to attend, but they also teach it themselves and all have the a ...

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    by Jay Eitner | @Jay_Eitner
    Monday, 20 November 2017
  • Relationships Over Rules...Teachers Matter Too

    In the last several months we tackled the topic of relationships over rules in the world of students. You can read that post here. This time around, we’re diving into the world of relationships over rules with teachers.   As a second year administrator, I (Brent) have a lot still to learn about how to best serve, support, and care for teachers. In my 15 months that I’ve served in this capacity, I’ve made my fair share of mistakes. Some small, some not so much. I’ve had staff in the build ...

    by Jeff Veal | @heffrey
    Sunday, 19 November 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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