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Lifelong Learners
Posted on Sep 7, 2016
  • Michelle George
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  • General Education
Lifelong Learners

The week before school ended last spring, one of my students asked what I planned to do with my summer vacation. I told him I was taking classes at the local university, and he blanched. He paused a moment and then asked, “But why?” I smiled and told him that I like learning.

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High Fidelity for High Technology
Posted on Aug 31, 2016
  • Michael Milone
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  • Education Technology
  • General Education
  • Intervention
High Fidelity for High Technology

So, what is this fidelity of implementation thing? Simply put, fidelity of implementation describes the extent to which delivery of an instructional practice adheres to the protocol on which it was developed or field tested. Or as my father liked to say when I was fiddling with assembling models as a kid, “Do it the way the instructions say.”

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Community-Driven Classroom Management
Posted on Aug 24, 2016
  • Josie Pack
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  • Classroom Management
  • General Education
  • Positive School Climate
Community-Driven Classroom Management

After several long, deep breaths, I begin to remember what these first weeks are really about. I won’t be overwhelming my students with an explicit lesson on narrative writing during day one. I won’t be diving into comprehension quizzes on day two. I must go slow to go fast. Establish norms. Build my classroom community.

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Are We Punished When Rewarding and Rewarded When We Punish?
Posted on May 18, 2016
  • Jeffrey Sprague
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  • Positive School Climate
Are We Punished When Rewarding and Rewarded When We Punish?

In his book “Thinking Fast and Slow” (Kahneman, 2011), Daniel Kahneman tells us many critical things about how our minds work, and how those processes affect the manner in which we make decisions.

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Making Mistakes: It’s a Good Thing
Posted on May 11, 2016
  • Michael Milone
Tags
  • Education Technology
  • General Education
Making Mistakes: It’s a Good Thing

The essence of learning is change. For learning to take place, there must be a change in behavior, cognition, or emotion. In all cases, learning is change. It's not just a good idea, it's the law. If there is no change, there is no learning.

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MAGIC ACTIVATED: Part 2 of 2
Posted on May 4, 2016
  • Antavia Hamilton-Ochs
Tags
  • General Education
  • Intervention
  • Literacy
  • Parental Involvement
  • Struggling Students
MAGIC ACTIVATED: Part 2 of 2

I am more than a teacher. I am an activator. I'm tasked with lighting thousands upon thousands of little ‘aha’ moments in little minds each year. Not each spark takes hold, but others explode! Sometimes, I get to see the magic take hold in the most powerful of ways. Part 2 of 2.

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