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  • Does Play Matter?

    What if your children are malnourished and small for their age? What if you live in a developing country where most children are living in extreme poverty? You would feel defeated; it would be hard for you to see a way out for your children. You would worry that they would duplicate your fate instead of exceeding your meager circumstances. What if we told you that the answer to helping your kids thrive was to play with them? What if we told you that if you just played with them and talked to the ...

    by Dr. Roberta Golinkoff
    Monday, 06 July 2015
  • Habit #1: Always Start with "WHY?" #tech

    Last week I came up with a call to action for myself "changing teaching habits".  Then I thought that someone else might be interested in joining , so I called it Teachers Changing Habits Together (#tcht). The idea came to me while reading  a  book called "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg. In essence, the book, based on extensive and fascinating research, explained how the actions we perform over and over again become habits. Once habits, they are done automatically ...

    by Tsisana Palmer
    Saturday, 04 July 2015
  • What Did You Expect?

    Recently I spent a week of mornings with a group of four-year-olds. Each morning we played and learned together. Toward the end of the week, a boy (whom I had not met previously) came over to me. "Mr. Scott," he said, "You are the best Mr. Scott ever." That statement has stuck with me since, echoing in that four-year-old voice inside my head.  Too often, I get caught up in being a teacher in the mold of someone else. I don't decorate my room like _____ or manage my class like _____ or han ...

    by R Scott Wiley
    Thursday, 02 July 2015
  • Can you dance? What must all teachers be able to do?

    I'm not a good dancer.  I'm not sure why really, I guess I'm just self-conscious about the way I look when I  dance. I shouldn't be this way because I believe in a growth mindset.  I shouldn't worry about making mistakes or worry about the way I look. That was the subject of a previous blog post.  OK, I promise to work on this.  But, you know who CAN dance? Every actor and actress ever…  I have certain peculiar niche interests.  Just ask my wife (@dmgately) ...

    by Donald Gately
    Thursday, 02 July 2015
  • Fun+Free+Nonfiction...What's Not to Love?

    During a field trip several years ago, I watched my students pile off the bus at a rest area. Instead of heading to the snack machines as I expected, however, they stood around a brochure display stand, trading travel pamphlets and discussing tourist attractions with enthusiasm. Intrigued, I began to gather brochures for my classroom. In no time, I had amassed a collection that students were reading with enthusiasm in their spare time. They traded stories about trips they had taken in the ...

    by Julia G. Thompson
    Thursday, 02 July 2015
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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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