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The Art of Teaching

The Art of Teaching

I love the phrase, “the art of teaching”!  You can have an identical lesson plan or lesson topic, but teach it in a variety of creative ways.  Second to the working with students, most teachers would say they enjoy the “art” that comes in planning and...

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Less is more

Less is more

Can a teacher really be effective if they are teaching four different preps? Can students gain mastery of all of the standards in one school year for every subject?  Do larger textbooks in the United States equate to higher student performance? At what point does...

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Circus Peanuts

Circus Peanuts

Do you ever look at something and your brain takes off down memory lane to a specific moment? The brain truly fascinates me. I was in the dollar store the other day looking for candy for the upcoming family Easter egg hunt. Glancing up and down each section of the...

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People, Not Programs

People, Not Programs

It seems to me that most Americans, in a variety of career fields, are looking for the magic pill.  The new technology, program, or tool that will be the answer to all of our questions; the solution to the problems.  I can’t even imagine how much money has...

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Defying Gravity…

"Defying Gravity: Cognitive Engagement in the Classroom" It’s Thursday on a typical week of school.  I receive a notification on the Teachers Pay Teachers site— I’ve sold another copy of my “Flubber” Movie guide.  It’s a running joke with my colleagues...

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Being Uncomfortable

Being Uncomfortable

Being uncomfortable, allows you to grow. Do you have someone who pushes you to be uncomfortable? I have a friend, @CarrieRosebrock, who pushes me to step out of my comfort zone to help me grow. As someone who has dealt with anxiety my whole life, I can come up with a...

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