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Jessica Cuthbertson

October 19, 2015

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


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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Marcia Powell

October 3, 2015

Parallel Lines In a Connected Educator World


Nowadays, we call it direct instruction.  There are times when we need to interact with the material at hand, engage our students in examining ideas carefully, and use skillful questioning to tease out the ideas we know students have but may be afraid to express.  That's why the art of teaching is such a beautiful experience to witness, as we allow chances in a safe and caring environment.  In doing so, we create opportunities that allow thinkers to intersect content and action.

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Jessica Cuthbertson

September 24, 2015

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


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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Jessica Cuthbertson

September 21, 2015

All In A Day’s Work: Maximizing the Inservice Structure


While professional learning varies greatly in terms of quality and intensity, how do we make the most of current school or district structures? Here are two tips to maximize the impact of a one-day inservice: implement immediately and share your results. Learn more about moving a day of learning into your daily practice in this post. 

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Barnett Berry

September 16, 2015

Time for teachers to prepare their future colleagues


The 47th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll results reveal that the American public wants to "make teaching more professional." If we trust and have confidence in teachers to work with our children, why wouldn’t we trust those same practitioners to prepare their future colleagues?


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Tricia Ebner

September 12, 2015

Being a Veteran Teacher


As the school year started and I saw many new faces at our opening district-wide meeting, I realized that I am now one of the veteran teachers. It made me consider how important and valuable my mentors have been to me. How can I possibly share the wisdom that's been shared with me, when those are my stories and experiences? What does it take to be a supportive, encouraging resource to newer teachers? 

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