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Celebrating Sameness While Recognizing Differences

The Irving Berlin song, Be Careful, It’s My Heart, is how I’ve always looked at teaching. Parents loan their students to me for a specific period of time, and I have the opportunity to shape, mold, and grow their child’s thinking. At the same time, I can equally turn students off to learning. As I hear Bing Crosby’s voice in the 1942 movie, Holiday Inn, the resounding message plays – be careful, i...

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S.M.A.R.T. Start to a New Year

S.M.A.R.T. Start to a New Year

For an old secondary school teacher, I always looked forward to second semester. Yes, I would grieve a little over the loss of some of the students from my semester classes, but there was also a tinge of excitement over gaining new students and figuring out how to “do class” better this semester than last. And, for those students who were in my full-year classes, I took January as a chance to rest...

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Tech Tech

1:1 Technology – Harnessing the Power of the Tool – Part 2

Technology in our schools provide teachers with so many choices never afforded past generations of students.  Strong school districts have technology plans which enable smooth district rollouts, seamless connections, and ample security.  Technology coaches across the country are helping teachers leverage the power of technology.  Yet, with the benefits of the tools come cautions educators need to ...

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Tech Tech

1:1 Technology – Harnessing the Power of the Tool – Part 1

As I read through districts’ promotional materials several slogans readily appear: Preparing learners for the 21st century; Using 21st century skills and tools; Where our focus is on 21st century learning skills; Empowering students to be 21st century thinkers…and the list goes on.  Within the next sentence or so, many districts go on to mention the use of one to one technology devices for all stu...

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