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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 […]

Hooray for College Day

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Sometimes the simple things in life make the biggest impact.  Even though we are an elementary school campus, we want our kids to think about year 13 and the possibilities it will bring.  We believe it is never to early to start that conversation.  So my staff and I decided to dedicate one day a week to wear […]

Culture Eats Strategy For Lunch

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I recently listened to an interview with the Arizona Diamondback’s Manager Kirk Gibson where he spoke about creating a culture within his players and his club.   He referenced a book by Davis H. Taylor, The Imperfect Leader,  where Taylor believes “culture eats strategy for lunch.”  Basically what it means is if you don’t have the right culture, […]

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 […]

Christmas in August

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As a kid, I couldn’t wait for Christmas to come.  Just looking at the gifts under the tree brought a sense of anticipation not easily matched.  Fast forward a few years and you will find I am still a kid at heart when it comes to Christmas and the gifts that it brings and the […]

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 […]

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