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Breakfast with Dads: A School Needed 50 Substitute Dads, 600 Showed Up!

Happy New Year! It’s such a pleasure to share this beautiful story as we kick off 2018. I think we all need to grab tissue, then go buy some neckties! “Something somewhat extraordinary happenedlast monthat Billy Earl Dade Middle School in Dallas. The school — with a student population of nearly 900, about 90 percent […]

The Healing Power of Children

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I headed to the District office for the usual Tuesday morning Leadership meeting. I had just heard about the first Tower attack. Like most people across the country, I was in shock. A television newscast in the board room was replaying the first plane’s assault. A few minutes after my arrival, the Superintendent entered and […]

Waking Up And Letting Go

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We have some time before the ferry departure, so we stop at a little cafe on Captiva Island to fuel up. We get our orders and sit at the shabby table outside. Next to us, headset on and phone in hand, a tanned local man in his 50’s is making one business phone call after […]

Schools Are Gardens For The Heart

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Spring is a time for rebirth and new beginnings. As we pull the weeds of winter, we reflect on our learning successes, assess, plan and hope for the next year. Gardens are a grand way to teach children sequence of life, planting, tending and watching that garden grow, just like learning. Tending the garden of […]

Part 3: Building a Classroom Community: Using Classroom Immediacy

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In this excerpt from The First-Year Teacher’s Survival Guide, you’ll learn the significant impact that the daily interactions that you have with your students can have on the classroom community that you want to establish. Using classroom immediacy to create a positive relationship with each student is one of the most successful approaches that you […]

Creating a Classroom Community: Part 2

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One of the most important phases of creating a supportive classroom community is to get to know your students as quickly as you can so that you can connect with each one on a meaningful level. You’ll find that just about every aspect of a successful classroom community is dependent on this knowledge. As the […]

You Had Me at “Hello”: Creating Collegial Communities

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Can you remember being the new person at your school? Whether it was the beginning of your career and you were completely green or you switched schools and were learning the ropes of how this little community functions, each of us has been there. Hopefully, you were greeted by at least one person with a […]