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Before You Can Meet Them Where They Are, You Need To Know Where They Come From

What happens when, over the course of a week,  you load 150 teachers onto school buses and take them on a tour of their students’ community? Show them where their students rest their heads every night…… and where they rise every … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Genetics~ A Fun Science Halloween Activity

      Quick share since many folks are looking for a fun activity for this month.  This is a Halloween-themed genetics activity where students create a pumpkin based on the “traits” their pumpkin receives.  I adapted this activity from one I did … Continue reading

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PLT Session 2… The Road to a One Page Target

Our 2nd PLT meeting was held a couple of weeks ago but I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had time to update until now 😦  Since my Principal and I led the last session, this time the Assistant Principal and … Continue reading

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Empowering Teacher Leaders

“Developing teachers as leaders is paramount to creating a positive school climate in which all students are valued. Teachers not only control the learning environment of their classroom, but they also dramatically influence the school culture and relationships with students … Continue reading

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Why Are You A Teacher?

  Every student has that “one” teacher with whom they share a connection….. Why are you a teacher? Have you asked yourself this lately? 🙂

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No child deserves a teacher who has given up hope

As the new school year begins, it seems that most teachers eagerly anticipate the beginning of the school year just as much as the students.  (I know I do! 🙂 ) However, there always seem to be one or two … Continue reading

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Using Evernote as an Instructional Coach

Life as an Instructional Coach in a high school with approximately 50 classroom teachers is hectic!  Sooooooo how do I keep up with classroom visits, meetings, coaching sessions with teachers, and all the zillions of things that happen during a … Continue reading

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Establishing a Professional Learning Community… The beginning of something wonderful!

This year, our school has established our first “official” Professional Learning Team (PLT).    We set the groundwork last school year so we would be ready to hit the ground running as soon as school began this year.  I plan … Continue reading

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Whoooooo Says Formative Assessment Has To Be Boring?

I’m so excited about my new creation! 🙂 I wanted something a little different to use for formative assessment.  As an instructional coach, I often use the traditional “parking lot” as a place to gather feedback or questions during professional … Continue reading

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Whooooo Are My Parents? Fun with Owl Genetics

This activity builds upon student’s foundational knowledge of genetics and inheritance in order to create an owl “offspring”.  The activity can be adapted in several ways to meet the needs of diverse learners in the classroom.  Depending upon student ability/ … Continue reading

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