Parents as customers

Parents as Customers: Three Takeaways in Working with Parents

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You’ve worked so hard to get where you are in teaching. You’ve conquered the grueling schooling; you’ve weathered the late nights of grading papers,...
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One Size Does Not Fit All

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There are a lot of new dynamic approaches in the education ecosystem, and sometimes they seem to be in conflict with one another.   Some argue...
five tips to reach busy parents

Five Tips To Reach Busy Parents

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The most common complaint that educators have when it comes to communicating with families is that parents often ignore information supplied by educators, especially...
Change in Admin

How to Adjust to a Change in Administration

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One of the amazing things about education is that each year we get to have a fresh start.  As we enter a new school year...
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Creating the Culturally Diverse Classroom

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I’ll never forget the day that Leonardo, a high school student, asked the school photographer to “paint him white” when taking a picture of...
A CLASSROOM CULTURE OF LEARNING

8 + 1 Ways to Create a Classroom Culture of Learning

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When students move on from your classroom, with what do you want them to leave? More knowledge? Good grades? These are noble goals, but...
13 Resources on Gamifying Learning

13 Resources on Gamifying Learning

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Gamifying lessons or adding game-based learning activities create student choice opportunities to do additional skill tasks, readings, and experiments. Learn how to add gaming...
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Twitter and Your Professional Learning Network

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I was sitting at my desk in 2007 when Twitter was in its infancy and came to my attention. “What’s happening in 140 characters...
A Focus on Evidence

A Focus on Evidence of Learning Boosts Self-Actualization School-Wide

As instructional leaders, we aim for students to self-actualize, set and achieve goals, reflect on learning, become intrinsically motivated, and help peers to self-actualize....

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