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P is for Pirate

Teachers around the globe have been teaching like a pirate ever since Dave Burgess published the book Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator. Dave mentioned on his Amazon from the author section that he “developed the book to help teachers become wildly engaging in the classroom and […]
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What Kind of Learner Are You?

What kind of learner are you? Are you the type that jumps right in or do you wait awhile and watch others before diving in? Or is learning something new something you would rather avoid? Does it depend on the situation? Take a look at this video. Which character’s learning style matches your own? Are […]
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And the Oscar Goes To…(Part 2)

Back in 2011 I wrote a similar post And the Oscar Goes To… In that post I reflected on who I would give an Oscar to in my life at that time. That post just happened to be about some amazing 5th bloggers, their teachers and support staff I had the opportunity to work with. […]
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Using Data for Meaningful Change

As an educator, I believe we need to look to our data to make meaningful change for our students and ourselves. Data comes in many forms – from hard data to perception data. Both play an important role in the change process. To assist schools in using data to make meaningful changes, I believe I […]
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You Must Do the Thing You Think You Cannot Do

Eleanor Roosevelt was a very wise woman! There are experience in our lives that have profound effects. Experiences that change us. Experiences that open our eyes. Experiences we will remember for a lifetime.  Experiences we never thought possible. During this Thanksgiving season one in particular came to mine. One I am very thankful for the experience! […]
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Beyond Leveled Readers: A Lesson from Candy Crush

I have been on the same level for two weeks. I am frustrated and want to move on. I have the skills to attempt other levels, but I’m forced to stay where I am. I want to try new things and learn new strategies. Sure there are a few things I struggle with, but I […]
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Global Collaborative Dialogues

cc licensed flickr photo shared by BrianCSmith I am a learner. Everyday I strive to learn something new. Today my new learning came from @twahlert when I attended a session she did on Transitional and Transformational Technology – two ways that student engagement can be measured with technology. As she describes on her website: Transitional: A transitional level of […]
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Professional Growth via Twitter Chats

I started reading a new book over the weekend in preparation for a virtual book study with fellow #educoach colleagues which begins Wednesday, February 6th. Our weekly Twitter chat (Wednesdays at 9:00 CST) will focus on the book High-Impact Instruction by fellow #educoach participant Jim Knight. This study marks the second book by Jim Knight the group has […]
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The Choice Is Ours

cc licensed flickr photo shared by Yousef AlSudais I recently stumbled upon a Stephen Covey video on YouTube entitled Carry Your Own Weather via a tweet from someone attending a 7-Habits of Highly Effective People workshop. The video caused me to reflect on my own “weather” and the “weather” we create for others around us. […]
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Knowng vs. Doing Gap

To begin I feel I must submit a disclaimer to this post. I have read a few blog posts on the Knowing – Doing Gap and I am aware of the book by this same title by Jeffry Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton yet, the thoughts in this post are my own and are based […]