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Why the first week of school is also the most important.

If you are diving into the first week of the school year right now, good luck! This is one of my very favorite times to be an educator. No matter what grade you teach or position you work in a school, energy is high this time of year. Kids won’t admit it, but most are…

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Lectures Should Be Like ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books

In 1970, a man named Edward Packard was telling his daughters a bedtime story about a character he made up named Pete. Every night, Pete would encounter different adventures, and Packard would make up a new adventure for Pete on the spot. But one night Packard ran out of things for Pete to do. If…

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Teach Your Students How to Discuss

I think we sometimes take for granted the skill it takes to take part in good discussion. In a world inundated with technology, distractions, Pokemon Go, odd presidential campaigns, and all of the things that modern society has created to take our attention and divert it to bright screens in the palm of our hands,…

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Flies and Worms

There is a community of frogs who have lived in the same pond for centuries. For most of this community’s existence, the life of the frogs has been fairly simple: They start off life as tadpoles, spending most of their time in the shallows with brothers and sisters, playing games like tag and hide-and-go-seek, having…

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Don’t Lecture By Yourself

    In 1970, a man named Edward Packard was telling his daughters a bedtime story about a character he made up named Pete. Every night, Pete would encounter different adventures on an isolated island, and Packard would make up an adventure for Pete on the spot. But one night, Edward Packard ran out of things…

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Engaging Teaching is About Flexing Our Creative Muscles

Sir Ken Robinson once said in a TED Talk that “Teaching is creative profession.” I love that line.  Because of systems in place, as well as cultural stereotypes, and Mrs. Crabapple from The Simpsons, it is very easy to believe that teachers are just walking textbooks, or playback machines, or mindless dictators (ok, maybe I…

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