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10 Tips to End the Year with Positivity and Purpose

Inevitably, when educators get to April or May, the question of “How many days are left?” is...

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Doing Poorly on Purpose: Why Smart Kids Choose to Not Do Well

As a teacher myself, I feel your pain when a capable student chooses -- yes, chooses -- not to...

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Is Stress Really The Enemy?

Last month, I made a concerted effort to think about managing stress through a series of...

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Finding Balance Together

I wrote this while enjoying my two-week winter vacation. Completing lists of neglected chores...

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Compassionate Coaching: Support and Encouragement Go a Long Way

Teaching is an intellectual, cognitively challenging job. It's an emotional one, too. The myriad...

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Boosting Your Practice: Anytime is a Good Time With These 12 Tips

Now that we're getting back into the groove of the classroom, it can be a good opportunity...

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REBOOT: How to Restart When You Can’t Stop

A few weeks ago, I realized I had been slogging through too many days in a row. Maybe it was the...

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I Am Thankful For...

"There are things known and unknown and in between are the doors."-- Jim Morrison

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Four Reasons Teachers are Thankful

When I begin professional development work with teachers, I often ask what inspires or enables...

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Are You a Teacher Leader?

"I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice...

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The Truth About the Teacher Mindset

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Hike Back to School: 10 Lessons from the Trail

About the time I was posting final grades last spring, and going through the stored papers and...

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What Tough Students Teach Us

He was tall, slouched over, and donned a stocking cap the first day he walked into class. He was...

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Video Playlist: Relevant and Real Content to Engage Students

The French origins of the word "Mayday" suggest an only coincidental connection between this...

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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...

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A Secret to Great Teaching: Maintain a Beginner’s Mindset

"In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few." --...

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Motivating Your Students: Incentive Systems You Can Start Tomorrow

It's March, and you've probably established routines and procedures while simultaneously carving...

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Secrets of a Conference Enthusiast: How to Up Your Edu Conference IQ

When the calendar flips to March, it's like Opening Day for education conferences. Whether...

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Reflection Fest: Funniest Moment

Reflection Fest Day 2: Funniest Classroom Moment

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Reflection Fest: Most Inspiring Moment of 2013

Teachers get to celebrate two new years: one at the beginning of the academic year, and one in...

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