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The Importance of Building Capacity in Schools: Follow Up (One Week Later)

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Last week we learned more about how complex building capacity can be.  To build capacity effectively, change needs to occur in the following processes simultaneously: pedagogical, content, cognitive, affective, behavioral, and organizational processes.  One way to work with your colleagues to build capacity is to ensure that in your school, there is a focus on learning, […]

Are you kidding me? School Hockey game at -29!

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Are you kidding me? Hard to believe. We saw the photos of the polar vortex. Brrrr. Gorgeous ice formations, but feh! The havoc wreaked, maybe not over yet. Time will tell what Mother Nature has in store with her fickle surprises lately. Looked like a disaster movie, maybe the one with Dennis Quaid, Day After […]

Hey Google…How Can I Not Feel Exhausted at the End of a Summit?

How do you normally feel after attending an all day conference or summit? Exhausted both mentally and physically? Sluggish? Overwhelmed? Funny thing happened to myself and two of my colleagues after attending a recent all day summit at Google in Pittsburgh called “Be Internet Awesome.” We weren’t exhausted mentally or physically. We weren’t sluggish. And […]

Three Benefits of Being a Teacherpreneur

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A teacherpreneur? What’s that? Ok…this is actually a term that has been growing over the past few years, so you may have heard of it. If you haven’t, a “teacherpreneur” is an educator who uses their talents and business savvy to share their work, passion, and philosophy with others. (You can read more about them […]

Jump In and Swim!

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I nearly drowned as a second grader! A couple of the other kids had their arms around our coach as she walked closer to the deep end of the pool. I followed closely behind her. But before I knew it, I could no longer bob up and down and touch the bottom of the pool […]

3 Things Your Administrators Wish You Knew

Sometimes things aren’t what they seem… As a teacher I very rarely thought of things from the perspective of my administrator. I still tend to develop training, development, and the services I provide to schools and districts from a teacher-centered perspective. It has always been and always will be my belief that initiatives and instructionalmethods […]

Great Educators Teach the Whole Child

“Mister, why do we have to do this? I’d honestly rather work on math right now. Or anything else.” This was advisory class (also known as “guidance”). I was a certified high school math teacher, but like so many of my peers, I also taught advisory. In advisory, teachers met with students to develop their […]

Distributive Leadership: Children Lead Me

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Who leads your teaching/learning? In education, I am a big fan of leading each other which is also known as distributive leadership. In the classroom, I typically let students lead me. I want to hear their ideas about how our classroom community can be better and the ways in which I may serve them well. […]

Successful Schools: Time Analysis

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The strategic use of time supports good teaching? How is time used where you teach and learn? Who has ample time for planning and collaboration, and who has insufficient time in that regard? Does the use of time match professional expectations? To better efforts, is it advantageous to audit the use of time in school […]

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