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Jul 15 2012

Test day is game day

How do you picture a classroom that promotes a “love of learning?”¬†For me, that phrases conjures images of students in a classroom, sitting in a circle, discussing a text and challenging each other to deepen their thinking. What aspects of successful leadership during the Middle Ages are relevant for leaders today? How can we apply…

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Jul 12 2012

A case of the Mondays?

Mondays are tough. In theory, the start of my week should have been treacherous: kicking off a Monday morning by teaching double blocks of Algebra II. Selling quadratic equations to the crowd at 8:30 in the morning is a difficult task, to say the least. Yet, this Monday, I felt something different. Not even the…

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Jul 07 2012

We teach our students, and we teach each other

Here at Institute, we teach our students — but we also teach each other. On Friday, my CMA gave our crew an assignment: observe 3 other teachers in their classrooms and write down your comments. It would only require 45 minutes of our time — and then we had the rest of the morning to…

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Jul 04 2012

It’s all about the process

It’s the Fourth of July, and how am I spending my day off from school? Writing and (feel free to mock me for this one) reflecting. Of course, of course. I’ve learned a lot this week, and in the interest of brevity, I’ll outline a couple of notes here: It’s all about getting back up…

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Jun 30 2012

Why my collab makes me want to become a better teacher

One of the greatest gifts we can receive is to be surrounded by good people — those who challenge us to be better. I am lucky enough to be a member of a three person collab that astounds me each day. Each of us represents a unique set of skills & strengths, and I am…

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