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Singing from the Heart

When my daughter was in second grade, in the ‘80s, the second-grade teachers started the morning with a piano, a teacher who played, and children sitting on the floor around, singing. The interactive song, The Cat Came Back, by Fred Penner, was much requested. Where are the routines that involve singing for the pure joy […]

Spring Promises

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It’s been awhile since I wrote for you and I apologize for that. The good news is I’m still here. I seriously doubted I could get out of the mess I was in, no fault of my own. Life happens. This is not a blog about my illness, and what happened to me, but it […]

The Twelve Days of Christmas

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Dear Santa, All we want for Christmas is for our staffs to learn to know and love Twitter like we do! How can we bestow this gift to our staffs this year in a way that would be meaningful? As leaders we are faced each day with the task of helping teachers be better, better […]

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? […]

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 […]

Part 4: Creating a Classroom Community: Help Students Get to Know Each Other

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One of the most common misconceptions that many teachers can have about their classes is that their students already know each other well. This mistake is understandable. Some students may be acquainted, especially if they have been in the same classrooms in previous grades or if they live in the same neighborhoods. However, students do […]

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