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Blog Post If I knew I wouldn’t fail…

If I knew I wouldn’t fail…

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? Have you ever asked your students this question? You might be surprised at what they tell you.  For the last few years I’ve started the year in my 7th and 8th grade Language Arts class with a small unit on Famous Failures. Our students often feel that …

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Blog Post Ready, Set, Recharge! – Take Some Time For Yourself

Ready, Set, Recharge! – Take Some Time For Yourself

That’s a wrap!  Another school year has ended and vacation has begun. Time to kick back, relax and take some time for yourself.  You know the saying “happy wife, happy life”? Well, same goes for the classroom “happy teacher, happy class”!  I know it is tempting to jump right in and start planning for next year …

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Blog Post Teacher Reflections – Did We Reach The Goal?

Teacher Reflections – Did We Reach The Goal?

Many of us have just ended the school year or are nearing the end of the year. Time to start thinking about summer fun in the sun, vacation and spending time with family.  But, if you are like most effective teachers, you are also thinking about your school year and wondering what you could have …

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Blog Post Ease the Stress of State Testing

Ease the Stress of State Testing

State testing Season has arrived! Monday it begins ~ the test many students (and teachers) dread all year and many stress out about. It shouldn’t be this way. Why is there so much time, attention and resources given to a test? We participate in professional development all year that reminds us that good teaching includes …

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Blog Post Reflective Students in 5 Easy Steps

Reflective Students in 5 Easy Steps

Do you ever ask your students to reflect on their learning?  If someone was to ask your students, “how do you learn?” would they really know how they learn best? A few years ago, I worked at a charter school where student reflection was part of the school culture.  Students understood how to assess their …

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