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Would You Rather be Trendy or Evidence-Based?

Your Classroom Might Be Slowing the Learning! Where do you look for guidance on ensuring your classroom is set up for optimal learning? Pinterest will show you some really pretty classrooms, but the scientific research will direct you to the BIG 3 – the three factors in your classroom that significantly impact student learning. Lean in for the breakdown of TWO of these three factors. No matter wha...

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Mirror, Mirror On The Wall – Two Overlooked Feedback Tips for ALL

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall – Two Overlooked Feedback Tips for ALL

It’s that time again! Time to look in the mirror and see what impact YOU are making. No one likes to give their all to something and not know if their efforts were worthwhile. Not me, not you, and not even your students. Being able to look in the mirror and ask, “MIRROR, MIRROR on the wall, am I making a difference AT ALL?” is a HUGE gift-giving habit. It brings reassurance, confidence, and … well...

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How Would Your Students Describe Your Classroom?

How Would Your Students Describe Your Classroom?

Would Your Students Describe Your Classroom as Boring or Chaotic? “This month seems like a lost cause for learning.” Have you heard someone say something like that before? I’ve got an idea for you this month to keep you green and growing all the way till the school year’s over. It’s never too late to try something new that can boost student learning. This is a great time of the school year for an ...

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Mr Rogers

What Mister Rogers Didn’t Know About His Neighborhood … But You Should!

In the classic children’s TV series, Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, viewers are swept away to a Land of Make Believe – a utopian neighborhood created by their red cardigan-wearing host, Mr. Rogers. Before you take off your sneakers, slip into your slippers, and fully commit to his infamous question, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” there are some things you need to know about the impact your neighb...

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Fool-Proof Strategies to Jump Start any New Habit

Fool-Proof Strategies to Jump Start any New Habit

It’s Time to Do a Simple Experiment at Work; Have you ever tried to start a new exercise routine, only to quit a week or two into it? Or had the best of intentions to give students more frequent and specific feedback, but never got it jumpstarted? Believe it or not – even the best of intentions and motivation only get you so far … and in many cases it’s not very far. The key to successful habit fo...

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Poverty Teaching- Brain Based

Closing the Poverty Gap – 3 Tips

Reprinted from ASCD When it works well, America’s public school system is designed to help students achieve at least one year of academic growth per school year. The problem? For students living in poverty, that’s not enough. In US public schools, 51% of students in public schools come from low-income families. Decades of research show that children from low-income homes start kindergarten trailin...

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It all starts with Building School Culture

Great story on an Elementary school in North Carolina that we got started: Members of N.C. State Board of Education visit three elementary schools – Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools The tour group included state board members Bill Cobey (who is chairman), Olivia Oxendine, Kevin Howell, Tricia Willoughby, as well as North Carolina Principal of the Year Steve Lassiter (who serves as an adv...

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brain-based-environment

Strategies for Achieving a Brain-Based Environment

None of us work in a vacuum, and the more we address the whole, the more easily the parts will fall into place. Once you’ve created a brain-based environment, it’s time to seek support from the larger community: the school. A classroom that is the only learning oasis on campus will soon find that it is in jeopardy of being sabotaged. Support on the macro level forms the foundation for long-term su...

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