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The Importance of Social-Emotional Learning

May 25, 2016 |

Social-emotional skills are widely believed to be more important to effective long-term learning than IQ. Preschool and early elementary is a critical time where targeted social-emotional learning interventions can have the greatest impact on long-term outcomes. The Leader in Me process is an effective social-emotional intervention in Pre-K–12 education. The process has initial research support, read more

Using Authentic Literature to Enhance Student-Led Learning

May 18, 2016 |

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What is student-led learning? As educators, we often use these words to describe a plethora of specific tools and strategies that empower students to track, direct, and accomplish their learning goals. If we were to continue to expand our view of student-owned learning beyond specific strategies to entire content areas and push further to look read more

Finding Your Voice at Any Age—Caitlin’s Birthday Wish

March 30, 2016 |

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What do you remember about your sixth birthday? Do you recall your closest friends at school, the face of your teacher, or what you used to do during recess? Can you visualize your school picture that year or your favorite lunch in the cafeteria? My Sixth Birthday Although it’s been more than three decades, I read more

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The Importance of Social-Emotional Learning

Social-emotional skills are widely believed to be more important to effective long-term learning than IQ. Preschool and early elementary is a critical time where targeted social-emotional learning interventions can have the greatest impact on long-term outcomes. The Leader in Me process is an effective social-emotional intervention in Pre-K–12 education. The process has initial research support, read more

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Using Authentic Literature to Enhance Student-Led Learning

What is student-led learning? As educators, we often use these words to describe a plethora of specific tools and strategies that empower students to track, direct, and accomplish their learning goals. If we were to continue to expand our view of student-owned learning beyond specific strategies to entire content areas and push further to look read more

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Professional Development: Tips for Effective Book Studies

Book studies are a very popular means of professional development and usually include a formal set of review questions or topics for discussion. Sometimes the thought of doing a formal book study with your staff can seem like an extra task, but you still want to reap the benefits of the discussion, learning, and collaboration read more

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Cobras in the Community—Sharpen the Saw

This is a guest post written by Amy Rhyne, principal of East Iredell Elementary, Statesville, North Carolina. Far too often as educators, we get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of teaching, testing, and analyzing data. It feels like we will never catch up on the endless amounts of paperwork, meetings, and planning. We read more

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Experiences of a Chair-Free Classroom

This is a guest post written by Ms. M. Prizzon, fifth-grade teacher at Ridgewood Public School, Mississauga, Ontario. Chairs tilted back at extreme angles, pencils being chewed down to the stub, recurrent doodling in the back of books. Sound familiar? Children have a natural desire to move, to wiggle, and to frequently change body position. In a 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

    The Power of Paradigms—Believe Students Can, and They Will!
    4 Ways to Create a “You Can” Environment

    Have you ever had a child come into your class with a “reputation that precedes him or her”? You’ve heard about his or her behavior from other teachers, and you’ve formed an idea of what teaching this student will be like. Does this preconceived idea influence the way you treat this student? Or perhaps because read more

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    10 Ways to Teach Leadership Through Math and Science

    How do we inspire a new generation of great mathematicians and scientists? One way is to create curiosity about how leadership fits into math and science. Leadership connections are abundant and easily recognized in reading and social-studies lessons. Using teachable moments to discuss characters in books and world leaders happens with little to no prompting. read more

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    How to Unlock Student Leadership Potential

    Ask what the definition of leadership is, and you will get a lot of definitions. Ask what the qualities of a leader are, and you will hear answers such as: Trustworthy, responsible, respectful, and resilient. Great listener and communicator. Capable of finding solutions that work for everyone. Able to get along and work well with others. read more