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Coaching Students Through Feedback

Articles referenced are hyper-linked. Today started out like any other weekend morning. I woke up, poured my coffee, and powered up the IPad for my daily PD ritual: Twitter and blog reading. As I browsed the articles and read a few updated posts, something caught my eye.  Among the hashtags and updates was the quiet… Continue reading Coaching Students Through Feedback

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Harnessing Positive Energy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfWGoLj1JCM The end of the first semester is a good time to reflect on the year thus far. But often times, that reflection is tilted toward a sea of negativity. We talk about what we haven't done, where the students aren't yet, how annoyed we are with this or that. Instead, what if we shift… Continue reading Harnessing Positive Energy

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Fielding A Winning Team

What teacher leaders can learn from football.I love the movie Remember The Titans.  This film is based on the true story of Coach Herman Boone and his experience at T.C. Williams High School in Alexadria, Virginia in the 1970's. So many messages and so much inspiration in this Hollywood version of a team facing, and… Continue reading Fielding A Winning Team

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Lessons That Last

"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as who you become by achieving them."-  Zig Zigler Earlier this year, I shared the above quote with my students after a goal setting activity. I asked them to think about what it meant, and a great life-changing lesson was born. Many shared some… Continue reading Lessons That Last

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Growth Mindset

"A river cuts through rock, not because of it's power, but it's persistence" - Jim Watkins. How important is a growth mindset? Do you believe in the power of that mindset? Often we have students who really challenge us. They may have gaps in learning, retention issues, behavior issues, lack of experiences to build upon.… Continue reading Growth Mindset