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Experiences of a Chair-Free Classroom

April 27, 2016 |

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

Pay It Forward: Nash Elementary School

April 13, 2016 |

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Servant leadership can be defined as a philosophy and set of practices that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and, ultimately, creates a more just and caring world. Creating a school culture of servant leadership is exactly what Principal Patti O’Bannon and her staff at Nash Elementary School in Texarkana, Texas, have accomplished. 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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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

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Partner With Students to Empower Education Ownership

On a recent flight, I finished Partnering With Students: Building Ownership of Learning by Mary Jane O’Connell and Kara Vandas (2015). The book includes several points that relate to the paradigms and principles of The Leader in Me: Every student has talents and strengths, and as educators, it is our role to help students discover read more

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Pay It Forward: Nash Elementary School

Servant leadership can be defined as a philosophy and set of practices that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and, ultimately, creates a more just and caring world. Creating a school culture of servant leadership is exactly what Principal Patti O’Bannon and her staff at Nash Elementary School in Texarkana, Texas, have accomplished. read more

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“No-ing” Your Limits as a New Teacher

In the ever-evolving world of education, endless paperwork and documentation becomes compounded as expectations arise.  High expectations for student achievement, school culture, professional development, community outreach, college preparation, and more, often require teachers to wear many hats in addition to their responsibility of teaching the required curriculum. When approached by an administrator to fulfill a read more

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

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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    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 Lead Like a Giraffe

    For two hours, there was a look of serious contemplation on the face of my five-year-old son. The expression first appeared after we met a young blind woman and her seeing-eye dog at the store. We had exchanged personal introductions, and she explained the roles and relationship she and her dog shared. Since that encounter, read more