Making Progress: Reaching Your Teacher Goals

Making Progress: Reaching Your Teacher Goals In order to continue to refine our craft, we must set goals and work toward them. Here’s a few examples. 1. Every 60-90 Days Create a Focus Area 2. Create 3-5 Specific Micro Tasks (action steps) within that Focus Area                  …

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The Smart Teacher’s Guide for a Fabulous Summer

Cookin’ Up a Fabulous Summer My husband is busy cooking’ up dinner on the grill. The water in the pool is sparkling and warm. We’ve got a nice fire going and twinkle lights in the yard. The kids are picking out a movie for dive in movie night. My summer has begun! That’s why I’m…

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Expect: Being Prepared While Expecting the Best

It’s Five Minute Friday! Here we go…   Expecting can mean so many things. I am typically a rose colored glasses kind of a girl though. So, I usually expect things to work out ok. I expect the day to be good overall. That doesn’t mean I expect life to be perfect and am not…

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7 Tricks to Get Kids Reading This Summer

Summer reading is often an assignment, and for many students, it’s the only reading they’ll do all summer. In my house, it’s a different story. My kids will put off their required summer reading as long as possible because it comes with an assignment and often the books are not to their taste. However, reading…

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Would You Want to See the Future? I Don’t.

Oh, to see into the future… Actually, I don’t ever really want to see the future. I have to admit, I like the anticipation and the surprise each day brings. Sometimes I would like to know that a tough situation is going to be ok. But, that is not really the same as seeing the…

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My Secret Love of Paper: Why Paper Still Matters

My Secret Love for Paper I have to admit in our world of “going paperless”, I love paper. The textures, colors, ink and all of the possibilities make me want to create something beautiful for someone I care about. I can’t live without it, and I know I am not alone. With all of our…

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Summer Fun: Rate Your Parks

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…

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Truth: A Five Minute Friday Post

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 truth?…

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The Key to Student Responsibility

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 children…

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The Secret to Making Summer Reading Fun

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…

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