Tag: High Expecations

Blog Post Positive Attitude Eases the Stress of the Season

Positive Attitude Eases the Stress of the Season

Are you setting up your class for a fun, positive holiday season or setting yourself up for a stressful few months?  As we enter the busyness of November and December, it can be a trying time for both teachers and students, but staying positive through the craziness of holidays and parent teacher conferences is key …

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Blog Post Academic Conversation Through Silent Debates

Academic Conversation Through Silent Debates

When I taught high school, my favorite day of the week was current event Friday because students shared about the events of the week and the class engaged in academic debate over current affairs. When I attempted to bring this same idea to middle school it flopped! It turned into arguments and hurt feelings as …

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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 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 Keeping Rigor High Before a Break

Keeping Rigor High Before a Break

It is two weeks until Spring break, state testing begins a few weeks after we return, students are tired, and let’s face it, teachers are tired.  How do you overcome the tiredness and the apathy to keep the rigor high until the break.    First take a deep breath and know that you are making …

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