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Tough Topics

Sexual assault, rape, harassment, and abuse are currently hot topics in the world and often ones we don’t like talking about. In light of recent world events, I’ve thought a great deal about these topics and their impact on our society. For many people, it is hard to fathom having to go through a situation […]

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Be More Intentional

I was recently asked what my goals are for the upcoming school year. No, I’m not talking about those goal you write during an evaluation year which have little to no bearing on your actual work with students. I’m talking about those personal goals we set for ourselves to guide our work. For me, my […]

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Stories of the Refugee

Turn on any news station and undoubtedly, you will hear stories pertaining to immigrants and/or refugees. One thing I fear most Americans are struggling with is having empathy for these people. I don’t say that as a criticism, but more a reality of the lives many of us have lived or are living. It is […]

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Questions For Your Administrators

I’ve been accused of being “anti-administration” once or twice before and have shared my thoughts on the topic previously. That’s really not true as I love working with and for effective administrators. There is nothing more uplifting and motivating than working in a building where you know the administration is supportive of your work and […]

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We Need More Honesty

We need more honesty in education and fewer platitudes and false idealism. Far too often, educators willing to call out problematic aspects of their jobs or raise criticisms are being labeled as negative or accused of bashing teachers. Yet, in reality, they want nothing more than to lift up their profession and make learning better […]

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Favorite Maker Activities 2018

This year has been one for the ages in terms of the flat-out cool stuff I’ve been able to work on with students. I wanted to share our highlight reel with everyone in hopes it will inspire some great end of the year projects or something to look forward to next year. If you have […]

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Straight White Male

When a student is struggling with their sexuality or gender, I don’t know what to tell them. When an African American student struggles with society’s treatment of people of color, I don’t have an answer. When an autistic student is easily frustrated or acts out, I don’t often know how to help them. When I […]

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Afraid of Feedback

Do we not ask for feedback because we are afraid of what we might hear? When I taught in the classroom, I did end of term surveys almost every year. In my new role in the Learning Commons, I regularly seek formal and informal feedback from students and teachers. That feedback is what I use […]

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Out of the Classroom but Still Relevant

In a previous post, I outlined what I thought was a real problem with individuals who are out of the classroom and therefore out of touch with the realities of the classroom. My concern was individuals who are not teaching and yet dictating best practice models or strategies for classroom teachers. Even with the best […]

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Out of the Classroom and Out of Touch

If you don’t teach in a classroom, you are out of touch with what classroom teachers are dealing with. This is a statement people will argue over and defend on both sides. Consultants will charge you obscene amounts of money to come in and tell you how to do a job they have not done […]

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