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Liz Prather

February 28, 2015

Teachers Who Plant The Forest


The politicos and the number crunchers haven’t invented the measuring stick calculates the real returns of teaching.  If you have to know, don't be a teacher.  Instead of those calibrations, seek to expand your ability to extend encouragement, build up rather than tear down, and always be in the business of grace.

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Lori Nazareno

February 24, 2015

How to Avoid Colorblindness All Year Long


Guest blogger Jennifer Henderson shares: I don’t have any lessons for Black History Month. I don’t have any articles, videos, or coloring sheets. There’s just something about focusing on racial equality, social justice, or the color of my students’ skin for only one month a year that always seems a little... well, racist.  

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Ariel Sacks

February 19, 2015

When—And At What Cost—Do Students Receive Reading Intervention Classes?


Is anyone else noticing that students—especially in middle school—often receive reading intervention class at the expense of foreign language or arts? There are very real scheduling constraints that explain this common reality, but putting that aside, I’m wondering if this practice makes sense for kids. 

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Justin Minkel

February 8, 2015

Burning Bright Without Burning Out


When my wife and I were going through childbirth classes, the instructor said something fascinating.

“There are two kinds of pain. The first is objective: the amount of pain your nerve receptors will receive. The second is subjective—the way you experience the pain. The two variables that most impact the experience of pain are isolation and lack of control.”

There’s a powerful lesson for teachers in those words.

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Renee Moore

February 8, 2015

Read This: Mississippi Principal Gives Legislative Plan an F


Some key education proposals by the Mississippi legislature have educators and parents around the state concerned. One high school principal, Shannon Eubanks of Brookhaven, Mississippi shared his spot-on analysis in an opinion piece published by Hechinger Report, Did Mississippi's poorest students just lose their chance for a quality education?

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