Where does teacher leadership begin?

Can we build leadership capacity in our teachers…before they step into their first classroom? I think it is possible, and that feeling is growing…


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Why We Need to Move Beyond Buy-in

Why did I title my blog “Beyond Buy-in”?  I have spent years in public schools, in higher education, and at the U.S. Department of Education hearing…


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Are YOU Okay With This?!

Came across a pretty provocative statistic the other day.  Turned it into a slide for you.   Print it out, hang it up in your workroom and then ask…


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National Board Begins Countdown to Change

Count this as a news flash: The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is going through a necessary (and some would argue,…


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What's In a Day's Learning?

Teachers, how do you feel about daily learning objectives?  I know these are considered of tremendous importance by many educators and leaders in our…


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Why be a Career Teacher?

Teaching is increasingly seen as a two to five year career.  There are plenty of reasons to leave the profession, including an anemic salary scale…


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The Straw.

Cranky Blogger Warning:  I'm exhausted, y'all.  And sad.  That means this post is probably more emotion than it is logic.  I won't apologize for that…


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Can Students Provide Worthwhile Feedback For School Reform?

I’ve cringed when I’ve heard students in the past make discouraging remarks about other classes, and if you’ve spent any time in the classroom,…


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How does the Common Core shift instruction?

The adoption and implementation of the Common Core will impact nearly every classroom in the United States. Some teachers who were early adopters…


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How Facial Expressions Can Help With Classroom Management

It’s late in September and the novelty of the new year is beginning to wear off.  I know some students will test the boundaries of appropriate…


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