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Igniting Curiosity: A Heartfelt Journey to Lifelong Learning

NOTE: I will be leading a live session at Promising Practices 2024 on this same topic and go much deeper. If you have not registered, then please do so to attend this award-winning conference: Promising Practices. The theme this year is “Limitless! Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning.” Today, all educators, are challenged with tapping …

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The Leadership Pivot: A Successful Second Semester

A new semester can bring new challenges, but it can also drag the obstacles from the first semester – kicking and screaming – into another marathon of instructional practices, professional development, and paralyzing data sets.  As leaders, if we aren’t careful, we get caught in the year’s flow and miss an opportunity to take what …

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Self-Care and the Holidays: Recharging over Winter Break

Now that we are in mid-December, attention is quickly turning toward the winter break. Teachers often look forward to the winter break as a time to unwind, recharge, and spend quality time with family and friends. How teachers spend their holiday breaks depends on their individual preferences, obligations, and specific life circumstances. In the past, …

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Principal Strategies: Academic Focus Between the Holidays

The academic focus is often lost between Thanksgiving and the Winter Break as this stretch is one of the toughest for students, teachers, and school leaders. Everyone in education knows it because there is a collective anticipation about those two weeks away at the end of December. This forward-focus on a break diminishes an academic …

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Candy Science – Spooktacular Teacher Tips for Halloween Classroom Fun

As the leaves change colors and the crisp autumn air fills the atmosphere, one thing is clear: Halloween is near. In fact, it is here today! For teachers, this day of the year can be both a thrilling and challenging time in the classroom. How do you keep students engaged and learning while the excitement …

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