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Marcia Powell

June 12, 2016

A Global Education Summer of Reading

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This past year, my 7th grade social studies class read William Kamkwamba's book "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Hope" as a way to teach state history via comparison and contrast. The book is availalable in both a picture format and a book that is appropriate for readers with a lexile range that ranges from 850-920.  I love the resilience that William and his family have, when so many people might be tempted just to give up.

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Marcia Powell

June 3, 2016

When Does a Failed System Become Cull-worthy?

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Most of us have just wound down from the school year, or are in its last days.  Today, I found myself running from one league to another for practices, and I took a close look at the participants.  My children go to a rural school, five miles from each of three different towns, and the kids that get to participate seem concentrated in the middle to upper class. It made me pause, and think.

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Marcia Powell

May 17, 2016

Sorry, Not Sorry

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I received a great email a few weeks ago.  It called me out, questioned why I was doing something, and told me in no uncertain terms that my efforts were not appreciated.  The frustration was evident, because it was from a 12 year old who did not understand why a designation (gifted, in this case) of a student gave them 'special treatment.' I responded to him and addressed the frustration.  My mistake was in copying another adult.

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Marcia Powell

May 2, 2016

Instructional Codes #TeachingIs

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CodingQuick!  Your student spent last night without supper, and only had milk and a sandwich for lunch because the meal account was overdrawn. Another was brought here after running away from violence last night.  There's a track meet tonight and 7 kids will be leaving ten minutes early.  While you take attendance, you receive an email and send two kids to the counselor's office.

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Marcia Powell

April 21, 2016

Notes from the First TPS Design Thinking Chat, Week 3

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What sticky questions are big enough that we need to really empathize with more than our own viewpoint?  How can we work together to make that idea grow into possibilities that can lead to increased value in our schools, our classrooms, and our communities?

If you've ever asked,  "How can I.....," check out the potential of design thinking.  Ready. Set. Go. We can solve this...together.

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Marcia Powell

March 31, 2016

Using Deeper Learning To Address Teacher Attrition

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Recently, an informal teacher I respect reflected on her reasons for leaving formal education.  Any of us who have stayed abreast of education issues realize that attrition can happen for a number of reasons.  This social media declaration, though, caused me to think how attritution could be addressed through Deeper Learning shifts.

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Dear Principal (of my first and last teaching job),

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