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Lunch Break

Sergio seemed a bit out of it yesterday and today. He looked tired, sad…just out of it. I think I asked him about twenty times if he was okay. About twenty times he said he was fine. Today he showed up the same way. “I’m just tired”, he said. Sergio is one of my favorite […]

How to Help Students Who Fall Between the Cracks

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One of the most heartbreaking conundrums in any teacher’s life is a student who does not quite qualify for special education services, and who is failing or almost failing. Often these are the students who struggle to learn how to read at grade level or succeed at basic math or even develop the necessary school […]

A Dozen Ways You May Be the Class Troublemaker

There’s bad news and there’s good news about classroom discipline. The bad news is that sometimes we are the cause of the discipline problems in our classes. We cause them because we inaccurately assess our students’ needs, fail to plan adequately for emergencies and daily activities, misread our students’ reactions, or unknowingly commit any number […]

Don’t Just Hang On! Enjoy the Last Days of School!

Every year, during the final few weeks of the school term, grim articles about how to hang on until the last day of school without losing your sanity abound. Loads of stern advice about topics such as the importance of managing stress and the misery of standardized testing and unpleasant conferences about failing grades seem […]

Life Lessons from Littles!

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How do you spell love? Literacy on little angel wings. Such joy, the most amazing learning experience of my life. Here’s my update, year two preschool, teaching kiddos emergent skills of reading and writing, well, a lot more than that. Never sure who’s teaching whom. A day in the passionate life, so to speak. Since […]

7 AM

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Why on Earth would anyone do a Google Hangout with students at 7 am? Well, before you begin jumping on my case about the fact that students need more sleep and that their optimal thinking times are later in the morning, let me explain. First, know that the class I did the Google Hangout with […]

All Dots Matter

When I was principal of a rural high school we did an exercise to determine which students had connections with adults in our building. We had every student’s name on a list hanging on the wall in the library. Armed with colored dot stickers teachers were to go through the entire list and place a […]

Thirty Attitudes to End of the School Year Positively!

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1. Be moderate in your approach. You do not have to be the world’s best teacher all the time. You just have to be a very good one. 2. Spend your energy on large problems first and allot less of your energy for the small ones. Choose to deal with the problems that will give […]

Small Acts Of Kindness Change The World

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Small Acts Of Kindness Small acts of kindness change the world. The grand deeds committed by those with means are important too, but they are not nearly as powerful as the billions of little things little people do every single day to help, recognize, and appreciate others. The longer I walk life the more convinced […]

Emotional Intelligence: Teach It! – Infographic

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Unless you’re a former lobotomy victim emotions affect everything you do and are present everywhere in your life. And that’s a good thing! Emotions help us understand the universe, play a key part in our decision-making, and are crucial in our relationships. If you’re an educator or a parent you observe daily the power emotions […]

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