Category Archives: Relationships

The Plight of the Learner

Every teacher – even those in their first year of teaching – have had struggling learners in the classroom.  Actually, a great teacher would have times when every student was “struggling” – but that’s a different article.  “Struggles” can take … Continue reading

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What do we expect from our students?

I’ve spent my morning working on a post on formative assessment.  It’s an important topic, and one I enjoy learning about and discussing.  Today, however, I’m left finding it difficult to concentrate on my work. For the past couple of … Continue reading

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Why One Good Teacher Left the Classroom

I recently published the post, Why Are Good Teachers Leaving the Classroom?  One of my friends, Andrea GrandPré, mentioned in the article, wrote this in response: You nailed it. I definitely left for change. I miss the students some days, but … Continue reading

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Short and sweet: The differences between a PLN and PLC

“Seek out knowledge, inspiration, and great connections.”  By Marla Tabaka of Inc.   I love this quote mostly because it is through my connections that I gain knowledge and inspiration. And due to our ever-evolving digital society, it has never … Continue reading

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5 lessons I learned from a sixth-grader

My first-born, Sydney, graduated from sixth-grade recently.  My little baby is suddenly a 5’4″ incoming seventh-grader. Next year, she will move from the intermediate school (grades 4-6) to the Jr./Sr. high school campus (and, yes, I am having some issues … Continue reading

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Why celebrate teachers?

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week in the U.S. (in case you didn’t get that memo).  Why should teachers be celebrated?  They get a lot of paid holidays.  They get their summers off.  A computer could do their jobs. Shockingly, … Continue reading

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How to Build a More Powerful Classroom by Letting Go

  How to build a more powerful classroom by letting go, could really be, “How can I create a more powerful community by letting go?”  This is a question, and something to strive for in any community: school, industry, faith, … Continue reading

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How transparent should our profession be?

How transparent should educators be?  Very. Transparency is more than just a buzzword or the name of an ancient instructional tool (Vis a Vis markers anyone?).  Teachers have long been encouraged to be more transparent in their teaching/learning goals for … Continue reading

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PLC vs. PLN and the Benefits of Both

  I can’t really describe the emotion I have after walking away from discussing something I’m passionate about with a like-minded individual.  The thought I have if generally, “Wow.  She actually gets it.”  I’m energized, I’m excited, and I’m typically … Continue reading

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Well I was born in a small town…

…and I live in a small town.  If the title alone doesn’t get the famous song running through your mind, take a moment to listen to this little ditty (couldn’t resist throwing in another Mellencamp reference). So technically, I was … Continue reading

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