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Resolutions that Work

How successful are you at keeping New Year’s resolutions? If you’re like most, you’re not so good at it. In fact, as a general rule, we teachers often struggle with goal-setting in general. This was something that I emerged from research I did as I was writing

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Uncle Curmudgeon: Stop Giving Homework!

Uncle Curmudgeon: Stop Giving Homework!

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- It was another interesting week here at Sweet Meadow Acres for Retired Teachers. Last Tuesday’s

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Check in on Your Most Vulnerable Students

Check in on Your Most Vulnerable Students

The first weeks of school are long past, and your class has likely settled into a rhythm. This is a great time of year to reflect on how things are going. Are routines running as smoothly as you’d like? Are students growing in independence as they navigate

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Feed the Right Wolf

Feed the Right Wolf

You have 24 great parent-teacher conferences and one rough one. Many students had “A-ha!” moments in math around a tough concept, but one just couldn’t get it and was near tears by the end of class. At the end of a long day in which you were

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The Challenge (and Importance) of Saying “No”

The Challenge (and Importance) of Saying “No”

You’re on your way home from school thinking through the day and trying to figure out how it happened. You replay events…. It was 11:15 and students were in the midst of a chaotic transition—it was noisy, three students were jostling a bit too energetically in the

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How (and Why) I Stopped Saying, “I like the way you…”

How (and Why) I Stopped Saying, “I like the way you…”

For a long time, when I wanted to give students positive feedback about their work or behavior, I began with some version of, “I like the way you…” “Jeremy, I like the way you’re working so hard on that math challenge!” “Hey, everyone! I loved the way

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When Students Are Disruptive: 10 Ideas to Try

When Students Are Disruptive: 10 Ideas to Try

One student can change the feel of a whole classroom. John throws a tantrum whenever things don’t go his way. Alicia enters the room each morning with a deep scowl exuding negative energy. Allen has way too much sexual knowledge and seems to say something inappropriate whenever

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Uncle Curmudgeon: Should Families Spend So Much on School Supplies?

Uncle Curmudgeon: Should Families Spend So Much on School Supplies?

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- Ah! The beginning of a new year! Flowers are fading in the garden. Trees

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Building Staff Community Early in the Year

Building Staff Community Early in the Year

Emily lay curled up under her covers long after the alarm clock had woken her up. Her mother came into her room. “Emily! You need to get up! It’s the first day of school and it’s time to get going!” Emily put the pillow over her head.

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Six Strategies for Getting to Know Your Students

Six Strategies for Getting to Know Your Students

One of our primary goals at the beginning of the school year is to get to know our students. This is important for several reasons.First, the better we know our students, and the more they know we know them, the more invested they become in school. Also,

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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.