Teaching Takes Courage
I saw this great image today from www.workisnotajob.com. They put together some great stuff. Today’s image was just perfect for teaching… “Take Courage” against a chalkboard. Why does teaching take so much courage? I’ll share my thoughts and hope to hear yours. 1. Teaching takes courage because kids can break your heart. I cannot tell you how many times I...
Teaching Mindsets Post 1 - It's not about you,...
Great teaching is about great mindsets. If you believe it, you will achieve it. Yes, that last line is cheesy AND it is true. So much about what we do in our life is a direct manifestation of WHAT we think and HOW we think. Teaching Mindset 1 - It’s not about you, it’s about them. Them being the students. As you sit down to plan, answer these questions of yourself to ensure...
Closing Time: Put it on a T-Shirt
I saw a tweet today that Wendy’s is having a t-shirt design contest. This tweet reminded me of one of my favorite closing activities - Put it on a T-Shirt. This is definitely an oldie, but a goodie. Finding closing activities can be challenging for a couple of reasons. 1. Most times, we don’t make it to the closing because the lesson has gone over. However, if you PLAN for a...
3 Alternatives to "Who can tell me..."
In a team meeting today, I caught myself using the go to questioning strategy of “Who can tell me…” as I attempted to revisit some key points. Luckily, I noticed it and was able to quickly redirect. This go to strategy is flawed (and downright ineffective) in that some students will rely on the rapid thinkers in the class to answer the question. The rapid thinkers will...
NounProject - Great for Icons/Symbols →
There is no way for educators who are among the most educated people in our...– Tom Whitby in 19th, 20th & 21st, Century Education (via gjmueller) Yes. Yes. Yes. Teachers and those who support teachers.
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How can Zappos' Strategy Improve Investment in... →
Zappos is incredibly well known for their customer service success. When I think about classroom teachers that are able to achieve results beyond belief, it is because they have motivated and invested their students in a purpose… and some joy along the way. Think about how Zappos cares about their customers and how they use that strategy to create investment and a long term relationship....
Professional Learning Model Launches Tomorrow
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