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“Please encourage us!”

“Please encourage us!”

(For context if you're reading this after 2020, I am writing this during quarantine due to the Coronavirus.  What a time to be an educator.  This email response from a kind, loyal educator just gives us a glimpse into what life is like right now.  It's tough...but so...

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My #1 Most Valuable Management Technique

My #1 Most Valuable Management Technique

So, I've held out long enough on you.  (Come closer...I have a secret to tell you...) I have the magic bullet. Yep - the holy grail of teaching techniques. Uh huh. The one technique that will save you time, save your sanity, help you teach more content, lessen your...

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Why I Think PLCs are a Waste of Time

Why I Think PLCs are a Waste of Time

One of the things that I’ve become really aware of lately is how much time is wasted in schools on things that really don’t have a big enough impact on kids to make them worthwhile.  Some examples of things that I think take up a TON of time and don’t have a huge...

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Why we teach comprehension skills/strategies…DUH!?!

Why we teach comprehension skills/strategies…DUH!?!

For those of you who have heard me speak in person, you know that I come from a complete place of humility about teaching.  Throughout my speaking gigs, I say, "I didn't have a clue about this when I taught!" or "All of my former students are probably in prison...

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