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7 Tips for Successful Collaboration

Who We Are and What We Do

We are National Board Certified Teachers who have been collaborative...

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Classroom Management: Is It Okay to Let It Go?

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Critical Friends: Building a Culture of Collaboration

"… a critical friend is someone who is encouraging and supportive, but who also provides honest and...

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Planning to Assess: How to Align Your Instruction

For many of us, the new year brings new assessments -- and undoubtedly, some anxiety. This can be a...

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Starting with Engagement: 3 Ideas to Grab Students' Attention

Activating learning. Isn’t that what a Do Now does?

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Skinnying the Standards

I've been working with the Common Core Standards for several years now, and have noticed a trend in...

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Key Strategies for Developing Oral Language

Being able to talk and express your thoughts clearly is vital in life. Yet, too many students are...

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4 Big Ideas for Engaging Students (Deeper Learning)

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Evaluating Lessons: Tips for Calibrating Group Feedback

My bet is if we place fifty educators in a room with a rubric and piece of student writing, we're...

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Countdown to Your First Year: Making Planning Manageable

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Countdown to Your First Year: What Are Students Supposed to Learn?

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Video Playlist: 7 Minutes, 7 Attention-Getting Moves

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Paideia Seminars: How to Build Student Collaboration Skills

Due to the integrated nature of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), we have an opportunity to...

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Video Playlist: Authentic Assessments

At this time of the year, there's typically a lot of anxiety around summative assessments. What if...

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How Does Deeper Learning Prepare Students for the Future?

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Designing Lessons for Unique Learners

I love lesson planning. There is something magical about taking rigorous curriculum and making it...

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Lesson Ideas: Mush Forward with the Iditarod!

The Iditarod, which stretches 975 miles from Anchorage to Nome, has all the hallmarks of a great...

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Lesson Planning: Completed Lesson and Unit Plans

Recently, I wrote a blog about 5 ways that we can learn through writing lesson plans. I also shared...

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The Power of Planning: 5 Ways to Learn Through Writing Lesson Plans

Free PDF: 15 Great Q&A's on the Common Core

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Resolution: No More Drill-and-Kill Test Prep!

I know it seems too early to blog about test prep.  But in many low-performing urban schools,...

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