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End the Year Like a Rockstar With These 3 Simple Routines

By Lisa Burns | May 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

3 Simple Routines to Help You End the Year Like a Rockstar The Brain Dump  Time: About 3 Minutes When you get stressed out by how much there is to do, do a brain dump. Get a pad of paper. Start writing down everything you need to do or are trying to remember to do…

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Stay Organized with End of Year Support

By Lisa Burns | April 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

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…

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Creating a Classroom Culture (Part 4)

By Lisa Burns | April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

  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…

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Creating a Classroom Culture (Part 3)

By Lisa Burns | April 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

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…

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Creating a Classroom Culture (Part 2)

By Lisa Burns | April 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

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…

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Creating a Classroom Culture (Part 1)

By Lisa Burns | March 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

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…

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Sight Word Blitz: Sight Word Success Made Easy

By Lisa Burns | March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

To teach sight words or not to teach? That is the question. Teaching sight words used to be a given in schools. Now, there seems to be some controversy over should we or should we not directly teach sight words. Based on years of personal experience, I say teach sight words. Let’s face it. Our goal…

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I Love Reading: Teaching Success

By Lisa Burns | March 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Turn the light out! Put the book away! Do I need to confiscate that book?!” You’d think I was crazy to say those things every night to my kids. Right?! I’m not. This happens regularly in my house. Why? Because my kids are readers. If reading can be so pleasurable, what is it about teaching…

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HOPE: Sharing the Load

By Lisa Burns | March 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

HOPE Have you ever thought to ask your students or colleagues what burdens you can help them carry? We all have burdens. We are hunched over with the effort to carry them. God asks to help us carry our burdens. “Come to me, all you who are weary. For my burden is easy and my yoke…

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I Am More Than My Flaws

By Lisa Burns | March 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

  A Flaw: Tragedy I got up one morning last week and saw I had a pimple on my chin. What?! I am too old for this was all I could think. I was indignant and upset. Feeling unsettled, I spent a bit of time trying to hide it with makeup and started my day.…

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