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7 Ways to Increase Student Achievment

As you read this you probably have a lot of ideas floating through your head about the amazing learning activities you’re going to experience with your students. Whether it is an idea you read about in an article, something a colleague of yours has tried, oran awesome PDsession you’ve attended, it’s time to put those […]

Priming Your Students For Creativity (A Mind Control Infographic)

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There is nothing wrong with your screen. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. I am controlling the image. I control the horizontal and I control the vertical. I can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next 10 minutes, sit quietly and I will control all […]

4 Learning Strategies To Stress With Students

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Photo by Erik Lucatero on Unsplash Let’s be honest. High school, middle school, elementary; most students don’t know how to learn effectively. It’s because they are rarely taught about their brain. They know it’s there. They use it. And yet… They don’t know how to guide it. Few consider how to leverage their brain to […]

The Fastest Way to Failure for Kids

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I once had a reading specialist tell me that the only way for children to learn to read is for them to read. I never have figured out how one learns to do something she can’t yet do by doing it! But I sometimes feel as though I’m in the minority here, as this attitude […]

The Art of Mastery: What Defines a Master Teacher?

I had a conversation this week with an educator that I would define as a master teacher. “What,” she asked, “defines mastery in teachers?” Is it years of experience? Self-efficacy? Or perhaps a set of specific skills that lend themselves to high achievement for students? I would say possibly a combination of all three. Can […]

Take Control of Your Professional Development

Are you sick of “professional development experts” that are flown into your district at an exorbitant price tag to deliver long sit and get trainings that are often over before the expert gets back home? Who has the money or the patience for this antiquated practice? Not me! Who are the professionals/experts in your building? […]

Teach the Whole Child to Reduce Student Stress

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Which has caused more stress among kids: the Great Depression or life today? According to a study cited in Brad Johnson’s book, Learning on Your Feet, five times as many students deal with stress, anxiety, and other mental issues compared to students during the Great Depression. If we really stop to think about that, we […]

Making the Switch from Extrinsic to Intrinsic Rewards

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It’s hard to imagine that there’s a teacher anywhere who hasn’t heard by now that intrinsic rewards offer children more than extrinsic rewards – that, in fact, extrinsic rewards can have long-term negative consequences for kids. Still, gold stars and praise and other such rewards have a strong hold in the classroom. Part of the […]

Homework Doesn’t Work. Now What?

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When I started as a brand new teacher in the Chicago Public Schools some 13 years ago I came across a poster on the wall of the attendance office, that explained the “Grade x 10” formula for assigning homework. So, a first grader should have 10 minutes of homework each night (1st grade x 10), […]

Teaching with Chronic Illness Survival Tip: Get Help Staying Organized

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*Evernote. True, there are tons of good note-taking apps out there now, and you might find that a different app works better for your style, but few come close to the power of Evernote. You can try it for free before deciding whether or not to pay for a higher level, and many find that […]

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