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No Guilt Allowed in the Final Days of School

In the final weeks of school, teachers can feel even more insane than usual. Paperwork and meetings pile up. As the weather warms, students itch to be outside and start to anticipate summer, for better or worse, leading to more frequent challenging behaviors. And just as we’re

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Reclaiming Teacher Autonomy Through Choice

One of the most devastating effects of the standardization movement—with its pressures to conform and emphasis on accountability through high-stakes testing—has been the stripping of teacher autonomy—our power to make informed decisions about how best to meet the needs of our students. As we have been forced

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When Students Learn to Choose, They Choose to Learn

Note: This article first appeared on Learning Personalized in April, 2016: http://www.learningpersonalized.com/students-learn-choose-choose-learn/. Thanks go out to my friend and colleague, Allison Zmuda, who originally published the post!   I was recently working with a group of high school teachers, and they voiced a concern that I’ve heard

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Promoting a Growth Mindset: An Activity to Try

Promoting a Growth Mindset: An Activity to Try

Many schools are working hard to help promote a growth mindset in their students. I recently facilitated a learning session with a group of teachers that I’d like to pass along. It is a simple activity that yielded some powerful thinking and concrete strategies. I encourage you

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Uncle Curmudgeon: Stop Preparing Kids for Next Year!

Dear Kennari- Greetings once again from Sweet Meadow Acres for Retired Teachers. I only have a few minutes to write today, so let’s get right to it, shall we? In your last letter, you mentioned that you’re overwhelmed with everything you need to do to prepare your

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Supporting Staff Health and Balance: Ideas for Principals

We all know the power of positive community in the classroom. When students feel valued, are known for their strengths, enjoy coming to school, and feel safe and supported, they are more ready to engage in great learning. Not surprisingly, the same is true for adult communities

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When Work Is Its Own Reward

You have just finished teaching a lesson, and as you direct students to get started on their work, a familiar chorus echoes across the room, causing your heart to sink. What do we get for doing this? Do we have to do the whole thing? Are we

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15 Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Teachers

15 Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Teachers

We all know how important a good breakfast is. When our students have a big day coming up (a research project presentation, a debate, a field trip, etc.), it’s one of the things we encourage them to do to be ready—right along with getting a good night’s

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PARCC is Out of Line

PARCC is Out of Line

Today’s post comes to us from guest blogger Louise Law. She and I had a fascinating conversation about PARCC testing when I was working in her school district recently, and I encouraged her to write some of her thoughts up into a post. I’m excited to share

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Uncle Curmudgeon Grumps about “Exceeds the Standard”

Uncle Curmudgeon Grumps about “Exceeds the Standard”

Every now and then, I come across a letter from Uncle Curmudgeon, an old retired teacher, to his niece, Kennari, an aspiring new one. I’m happy to pass another along! Dear Kennari- So! You’ve signed up for your first committee! And you aren’t messing around with something

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Leading Great Learning

Mike Anderson is an energetic, experienced, and highly sought-after educational consultant who helps facilitate great learning in schools all over the United States and beyond. He has over twenty years of experience as a teacher, consultant, presenter, and developer and has authored many books and articles about great teaching and learning.