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Summer Fun Looking for some summer fun to send home with your students or to use with your own kids? Here’s a fun activity for families. Rate Your Parks One summer when my kids were all still young, we got the neighbors together and made a plan. Twice a week, we committed to a park…Read More
Today’s Word: Truth A Five Minute Friday Post What is truth? It’s interesting that that is even a question these days. Right?! As an educator, I have seen the truth in many schools (even religious ones) relegated to a corner. Whose truth is it anyway? What has taken the place of real, absolute…Read More
Student Responsibility When Fisher and Frey wrote about the gradual release of responsibility in 2008, I remember thinking, “It’s about time someone talked about it.” Every day, I encounter great teachers who intentionally do this. It’s part of the craft of teaching. Parenting and Teaching As parents, our job is to teach our…Read More
The Secret to Making Summer Reading Fun A Few Tips for Summer Homework 1. Summer homework should not be so cumbersome that kids feel like they never got a break from school. They will just come back resentful. Family vacations and togetherness come first. 2. The point of summer reading should be to get…Read More
Staying Organized and Getting It All Done On time?! You bet! It’s all about checklists and routines. All right, my teacher friends. It’s the end of the year. Help! I hear this from teachers every year. Don’t let this be you! You can have a different kind of year end. Start with my End of…Read More
Welcome to Week 4! Creating a Classroom Culture: Wrapping It Up Micro-management will kill any culture faster than you can blink. This is it! You’ve planned, trained your students and now it’s time to trust them. No micro-managing allowed. Once you have done your job and trained you students, they should be ready to…Read More
Welcome to Week 3! Creating a Strong Classroom Culture What is our identity? Here’s where we get down to brass tacks. Words have meaning and power. We have to use them intentionally as we work to create a class culture. Decide on what the identity you want your want your class to have. Who…Read More
Welcome to Week 2! Using the power of observation, curiosity and a simple saying to create positive change in class culture. Get ready by reviewing the lists you created last week. Observation Day Step 1: Key Phrase As we work on creating a class culture, remember the power of words. Jim Faye in Love and…Read More
Welcome to Week 1! Class Management vs. Creating a Culture As educators, we talk about classroom management constantly. We all have been there at some point in our career – the class that wears us to the bone. Why is it that some years we, and our students, thrive and other years we struggle and…Read More
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