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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 […]

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 […]

The Dreaded Faculty Meeting…

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Yes, I am sure we have all experienced one, or even worse, led one.  Time is such a precious commodity these days that we can’t afford to spend it frivolously.  No longer should our faculty meetings be a checklist of “to do’s” or “don’ts”.  For the past several years my focus has shifted, and I’ve learned […]

Leading by Example

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Often times leaders will ask their teachers to step out of their comfort zones to learn something new. I know I  certainly have asked it of my teachers during my tenure as a Principal.  Having said that, I also know how important it is to step out of my own comfort zone and lead by […]

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