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Your Classroom: You Make the Weather

Here’s a recent conversation between my wife and me: Danielle:“Don, it’s freezing outside, wear a coat.’ Me: It’s not that cold. Danielle:It’s windy? Do you know how strong the wind is? Don, the wind is blowing 50 miles an hour. Me: Is that a lot? Danielle: Don, think about driving a car, 50 miles an […]

How to Make a Teacher Smile

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Riding home from a friend’s house on a warm Friday night with my daughter is a privilege I know I wouldn’t have much longer. She is only twelve, but it won’t be long before her Friday nights are spent socializing with her peers while I anxiously await her safe return. So I cherish every moment. […]

Relationships Over Rules: Separating Fact From Fiction

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Then… I (Brent) am a former student pastor turned public educator. Upon leaving vocational ministry, I moved into a position as a teacher and coach in southeast Texas. I taught science at the seventh and eighth grade levels for seven years and loved it. However fun my science classes were to teach, science was never […]

Each Other

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My daughter had not lost a tooth in what seemed like years. So when it came time to leave her a gift from the Tooth Fairy we weren’t quite sure what to leave. So we hid a five dollar bill under her pillow. We each thought that was a reasonable amount. To backtrack, the night […]

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 […]

My Teaching “Top 5”– What Are Yours?

Earlier this year I connected with other educators who like to blog. We came together over #sunchat, a Twitter-based Sunday morning chat. We called ourselves the #Sunchatbloggers!We provide each other with feedback and encouragement. Someone in the group suggested we all post on the same topic: our “Top 5”. Some people will post about strategies, […]

Contemplation Music Writing for Educators

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For the new school year, why not try a little “day music” to get educators acquainted with themselves, colleagues, and students in a professional development session? My Contemplation Music Writing Project helped students find inner peace and I believe it will work with teachers. But you might be wondering how I can make this leap […]

Master Teachers Tell Stories

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My husband is a master teacher and people often ask him what it is that he does that gets such great results. I think it is his storytelling ability that garners him such success, both with student achievement and also found within the relationships he builds with his middle school students. Parents often remark to […]

Why Wouldn’t They?

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Heading into this school year I was a little bit worried about how my son Derek would handle things. He had never been to public school and for the most part, has been sheltered his entire life. His experiences up until this year have been wonderful and have helped shape him into the child that […]

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 […]

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