student success

Success Is Not About What You Know

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Success is less about what you know now and more about how quickly and effectively you can learn and use new information. This is the most important thing I learned in my 15 years or teaching and mentoring teens. Success depends on skills. Build up a skill set and help others do the same and […]

#bekindbeincredible

When you get a group of talented, enthusiastic, and passionate educators together to talk about school-wide positive behavior support in the summer, great and exciting things are bound to happen. And that is exactly what occurred the other day, a few weeks before the start of the 2018-2019 school year. I am fortunate enough to […]

8 Ways to Lead: A Mindset Shift for Teachers

Mention the word, “leader,” and many people conjure up an image of a larger-than-life character who seemingly single-handedly transforms their organization for the better. A leader, as many also erroneously believe, is determined by having a title or position of importance. John Maxwell said, “Leadership is influence, nothing more and nothing less.” Teachers all over […]

7 Ways to Increase Student Achievment

As you read this you probably have a lot of ideas floating through your head about the amazing learning activities you’re going to experience with your students. Whether it is an idea you read about in an article, something a colleague of yours has tried, oran awesome PDsession you’ve attended, it’s time to put those […]

Three Ways to Remove FEAR from Your Classroom

Most of us have seen or experienced the traditional archaic model of education where a lesson is taught, notes are taken, quizzes or worksheets are handed out and grades are given. While this model works for some students, there are many students that completely shut down in this process. This process of judgement and single […]

Empowering Students to Take Charge of Their Learning

Growth mindset. Student learning objectives. Student success. These terms are referred to frequently in education today, but how does a teacher empower students to take control of their own learning and feel like they are active participants as opposed to simply being consumers in the classroom and school in general? As the end of a […]

You Get What You Expect

You get what you expect in this world. That is a mantra that I live by, both with raising my children and overseeing students in my school. Having high expectations is paramount to student achievement, good behavior, teacher professionalism, and parent engagement. When I was the principal of a rural high school high in the […]

3 Simple Steps To Problem Solving

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The last parent-teacher conference of the year happened last night and while the event I am about to describe did not happen yesterday, seeing the parents reminded me of a father of a student who struggled through my chemistry class 3 years ago, asking me for a method allowing his daughter to quickly “get” chemistry. […]

Brain Hacking 303: Cornell Notes On Steroids

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If you are an educator, the topic of note taking has come up in your PLN more than once. Perhaps you are encouraged to use a certain method in your school. My school is an AVID school and I taught at other AVID schools, so the Cornell Note-Taking Method is something I’ve been exposed to […]

Brain Hacking 302 – Active Learning: How To Take Awesome Notes & Learn

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Notes… You can take them by hand on paper or you can use a device and take them digitally. There’s recent research that finds taking notes by hand leads to improved memory while learning and better test performance. This is because the pen/pencil users tend to paraphrase more, while the laptop users copy notes verbatim […]

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