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Do Your Students Rent or Own Your Classroom?

September 21, 2016 |

Over the course of our lifetime, most of us have had the opportunity to rent an apartment, a condo, or a home. Also, many of us have experienced the opportunity to rent a car—either because of a business trip or while on vacation or when the car was in the shop. If we are honest with read more

Developing Public Speaking Skills in Students

September 14, 2016 |

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In a famous stand-up comedy bit, Jerry Seinfeld jokes about people’s fear of public speaking: “I saw a study that speaking in front of a crowd is considered the number-one fear of the average person. I found that amazing. Number two was death. Death is number two? This means, to the average person, if you read more

Dartanyon Crockett: So Much More Than Just the “Blind Kid”

August 18, 2016 |

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Judo at the Excel Centre London

Date: 01/09/2012
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This is a guest post written by Dartanyon Crockett, 2012 U.S. Paralympian bronze medal winner, and 2014 IBSA Judo World Champion. Paralympic sports are constantly growing. However, it is still often confused with the Special Olympics. While the Special Olympic is a wonderful cause, it is completely different from the Paralympics. Paralympic athletes are people read more

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Do Your Students Rent or Own Your Classroom?

Over the course of our lifetime, most of us have had the opportunity to rent an apartment, a condo, or a home. Also, many of us have experienced the opportunity to rent a car—either because of a business trip or while on vacation or when the car was in the shop. If we are honest with read more

public-speaking-tips
Developing Public Speaking Skills in Students

In a famous stand-up comedy bit, Jerry Seinfeld jokes about people’s fear of public speaking: “I saw a study that speaking in front of a crowd is considered the number-one fear of the average person. I found that amazing. Number two was death. Death is number two? This means, to the average person, if you read more

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Embracing 3rd Alternatives

This is post written by Betsy Wierda, Educational Coach and consultant at FranklinCovey, and Edie Jarrell, principal and Learning Leader at Wards Creek Elementary School in St. Augustine, Florida. Embracing 3rd Alternatives in the Schoolhouse Stephen R. Covey, in his renowned book The 3rd Alternative (2011), tells us that 3rd Alternatives are a breakthrough approach read more

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Why Rethink Leadership?

Muriel Summers, principal of A.B. Combs Elementary, said, “We only get one chance to prepare children for a world none of us can possibly predict. What are we going to do with that one chance?” Educators must help students develop 21st-century skills that will enhance learning today and impact their future tomorrow—but how?   Everyone can read more

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Leroy Sutton: Turning Pain Into Promise With Video Games

This is a guest post written by Leroy Sutton, a professional game tester at Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA). Starting when I was four years old, my Uncle Larry taught me that in life, you have to work hard for what you want. Along with this life lesson he taught me how to draw. Over the read more

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    Classroom-Management Tool: The Four-Part Direction

    This is a guest post written by Dr. Jerry Evanski, Principal of Erie Elementary School, Chippewa Valley School District, Clinton Township, MI, and Author. Many classroom-management systems or techniques rely on correcting student behavior. While this may seem obvious, there is another paradigm through which to view successful classroom management that is much more effective read more

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    How to Be a Proactive Teacher and Why It Matters

    Think about your most recent teaching challenge. How did you handle it? Were you proactive or reactive? Did you look at all angles of the problem? How did you treat the people involved? Maybe it’s a moment of shock: We have three new students to add to your roster on Monday (and there are no read more

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    The Impact of Leadership

    We are seeing leadership demonstrated on a daily basis and we want to share some of our Coaches’ experiences with our online Community. The Leader in Me process is literally changing students’ and staff’s lives, and we know many of you are seeing similar results in your school. “A female student at one of my read more

    How Noncertified staff members impact a school's leadership culture
    How Noncertified Staff Members Impact a School’s Leadership Culture

    It was 7:30 a.m. sometime in October. Staff and students just began entering the building. Before I reached the front doors of the school, I peeked out my car window. An older gentleman dressed in navy stood at the curb opening car doors. He welcomed children with a smile and greeted each by name. The read more

    Four Empowering Questions for Student Goal Setting
    Involve Students in Goal Setting With These Four Empowering Questions

    Since student achievement is essential for success, why is the student often left out of the goal-setting process? If we expect children to hit a learning target, we must involve them in the process of creating a plan to achieve the goal and provide clear expectations. Richard DuFour, an educator for 34 years, author, and read more