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The Reflective Teacher is an Effective Teacher

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Reflection has always been an important part of my routine as a wife, mother, teacher, and principal.  Reflection doesn’t just happen at the end of a  lesson or experience, it should happen at the beginning and during as well. When we enter a situation in life or a lesson in the classroom with intentional thought our […]

Curiosity- The Often Overlooked Piece to Engagement

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As a faculty we are always discussing, searching, and collaborating on ways to increase the engagement for our students.  One aspect that is sometimes overlooked is that of curiosity.  How can we harness that power of curiosity to help transform everyday tasks, or lessons into interesting and engaging experiences?  When you think of curiosity as […]

Modeling Year Around

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I am fascinated when watching my staff teach, model, and reinforce beginning of the year procedures.  It takes very little time to turn those procedures into the routines that will create an environment that is conducive to learning.  A magic wand could not create such an environment any faster.  We have something more magical than […]

Re-thinking and Re-imagining Instruction and Student Learning through Common Core Standards

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Lots of buzz around the world of education with Common Core.  Just like many across the country, we have begun to implement the CC.  Our big ideas have been centered around designing learning experienes for kids that engage them in thinking, formulating, testing hypostesizes, and challenging one another to develop concepts.  We embrace the fact […]

Be Inspired to Inspire

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    Over the past several years we have participated in various staff development opportunities, had several discussion groups in our professional learning environments, implemented “best practices” from these experiences, and created common assessments with reflection time to measure our students success.  We have made professional learning a priority on our campus.  We have had positive results, some teachers having more than […]

Building an Instructional Field of Dreams

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What is the first thing you think about when you see this cover photo (besides how good looking Kevin Costner is)?  My mind goes right to the whisper he hears: “Build it and they will come”.  That is exactly what Kevin’s character Ray did.  Imagine the stress he must have felt while doing so, but […]

Destination for Learning…Student Goal Setting

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Making Assessments Useful As we all know,  for assessments to become an integral part of the instructional process, we need to approach it in three important ways: 1.       Use assessments as sources of information for both students and teachers 2.       Follow assessments with high-quality corrective instruction 3.       Give students second […]

Walking the Talk-Collaboration

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Making a commitment to really becoming that 21st Century School has to start with the adults in the building.  Turning our good intentions into reality by collaborating, communicating, being creative, and to think critically about what we are doing and why we are doing it. We all know the most important people in a school are the […]

Standing on the Edge

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Do you remember when you dove off the high dive for the first time?  While climbing the endless steps, knees shaking, adrenaline pumping, moments of fear and doubt, excitement propelling you upward.  Mid-way, even if you wanted to, you couldn’t step back down without asking everyone that was following in your tracks to step down […]

Teacher Evaluation: From Ominous to Oblivious

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Evaluation has been and always will be a natural process in every aspect of life- from deciding on which type of car to buy, to choosing what we want for dinner.  Unfortunately, often times in education, teacher evaluation is treated as a singular ominous “event”: a scheduled day and time, a formal lesson plan, and […]

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