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In a Teacher's Shoes

Jessica Cuthbertson

May 15, 2016

What About Authentic Appreciation All Year Long?

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What would it feel like to be part of a profession that is authentically appreciated not one week a year, but all year long? I imagine this space exists somewhere between free burritos and invitations to the White House. What if authentic appreciation permeated the culture of all schools and the communities they serve? What if it moved the students we teach today to join our profession, so that they might be a part of something universally respected and valued? 
 

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Jessica Cuthbertson

March 23, 2016

Deeper Learning For All

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For too many teachers, deeper learning only happens on our own and outside of our schools. During the summers, on weekends, or after the final bell rings, we sign on to virtual learning communities of practice to engage with powerful networks of teachers thirsty for deeper learning. This is one of many reasons why the recently released report “Teacher Leadership and Deeper Learning” by Barnett Berry is so important.

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Jessica Cuthbertson

March 6, 2016

From Safety Goggles to Seventh Period: What Shadowing A Student Taught Me

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Have you shadowed a student in your school? This post describes what I learned from stepping into the shoes of a freshman for one day. And why I believe we should all shadow our students to redesign the school experience. 

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Jessica Cuthbertson

February 16, 2016

Why I'm Still Tweeting

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Twitter is the place I go most frequently to connect with educators I admire and respect (many whom I’ve never met in person), engage in professional conversations (both formal Twitter chats and informal discussions), and it is one of my primary education news sources (I’ve swapped scanning headlines for hashtags). Why do you tweet?

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Jessica Cuthbertson

December 31, 2015

3 Edu-Resolutions for New Teachers In The New Year

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Explore these three practices to help you remove (or at least reduce) the number of tasks on your plate: 1) Less grading and more real-time feedback, 2) Set limits -- and stick to them, and 3) Just say no (at least occasionally). I hope these edu-resolutions help minimize stress and create small pockets of time to reflect, reenergize, and reignite your passion for teaching and learning this year.

 

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Jessica Cuthbertson

November 23, 2015

Say This, Not That: How Our Words Elevate (or Denigrate) the Profession

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Whether we like it or not, teaching is a public profession. What we say (and how we say it) matters. Principals, parents, colleagues, and students are listening and watching. Our language can be used as a lever to communicate the very real challenges we face while still upholding professionalism. Check out this, "Say This...Not That," list of common phrases and share your own solutions-oriented sentence frames for elevating the profession.

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Jessica Cuthbertson

November 9, 2015

Lights, Camera, Action, Reflection: Using Video to Transform Your Teaching

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Want to take your practice and PLC to the next level? Swallow your fears, get over that initial dismay when you hear how your voice really sounds to your students, and let the camera roll.

 

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Jessica Cuthbertson

October 19, 2015

10 Reasons #WhyIWrite: Celebrating the 2015 National Day On Writing

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Tomorrow is the National Day on Writing, a cross community celebration of writing in all of its forms. In the spirit of this day I challenge readers and fellow edu-bloggers across the nation to share what keeps you writing. Whether the bulk of your writing is lists, emails, lesson plans, or the next great literary masterpiece, celebrate your inner writer on October 20th.

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Jessica Cuthbertson

September 24, 2015

Do You Have to Channel Your “True North” to be a Teacher Leader?

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In a room full of teacher leaders who are busy thinking, planning, and doing leadership work, who is focused on the people at the center? In your own practice, are you action-oriented, visionary, analytical or empathetic? Explore the Leadership Compass and reflect on the implications of your "go to" direction. 

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