Prioritize Your Teaching Life

Article by Dora Daniels

How many times have you walked into your classroom and looked at your desk and felt overwhelmed with all the papers you have to grade? Or sat down at your computer to read email and then discovered another thing that you have to complete before the end of the day? How did you feel? Probably like we all do. You mostly thought this will never get done unless I am here for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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Standards Based Grading

Article by Mike Ross

Ask any teacher, administrator, or parent about standards-based grading and you will likely get as many different responses as the number of people you ask. For some reason, standards based grading has a negative connotation. This could result from misguided attempts to implement this in a building or simply because some think standards-based grading can’t fit in a classroom already “crowded” with class discussions, cooperative learning, project based learning, or whatever the school’s new initiative is. Fortunately, this is not true. Standards based grading has a place in any classroom and can actually make the life of an educator much less stressful.
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High School Teachers Need Love, Too!

Article by Anne Allen
As I stand outside my 1st grade daughter’s classroom with a mason jar collecting single flowers from her classmates, I think about how different this is from the high school scene. “Big kids” from the older grades stop by to give the teacher a quick hug before heading off to the 3rd or 4th grade and I wonder if these teachers know how lucky they are. As a high school teacher, I can tell you the teacher appreciation jealousy is real.
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Avoid the winter burn-out!

Article by Katie Currens

Being a teacher is stressful, and this is the time of year when many of us experience the most stress: short days and long nights moving into February tend to make us feel down. I know all too well the exhaustion of being in a classroom. When I was a teacher, my instructional coach helped me manage my day to day stresses through organizational strategies and modifying my instructional practices. Now that I have stepped into a coaching role, I have a new perspective on this all-too-familiar fatigue. As teachers, we have teams and colleagues that understand the stress we deal with, but how can we find a balance to help us manage our stress? What do we do if we’ve tried adjusting our classroom practices yet still feel “burned out”?
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Inspiration, The Podcast: Novelty

Do you want to breathe new life into your classrooms? Check out our free podcast on “Novelty” from our “Inspiration” series (embedded below). If you want to learn more, click here to sign up for our new PD scheduled on January 26, 2017. Administrators and teachers will not only learn new strategies and examples for infusing classrooms with inspirational traits, they will also leave with one of our new teaching guidebooks, Inspiration: Breathing New Life into Classrooms (included in registration fee), designed to help teachers (and schools) transform their practice.
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Inspiration, The Podcast: Joy

Do you want to breathe new life into your classrooms? Check out our free podcast on “Joy” from our “Inspiration” series (embedded below). If you want to learn more, click here to sign up for our new PD scheduled on January 26, 2017. Administrators and teachers will not only learn new strategies and examples for infusing classrooms with inspirational traits, they will also leave with one of our new teaching guidebooks, Inspiration: Breathing New Life into Classrooms (included in registration fee), designed to help teachers (and schools) transform their practice.
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A Two-Day Learning Experience: The Midwest Leadership Summit

By Gale Jorgensen and Dorothy Reynolds

On June 8th and 9th, we had the opportunity to work with over 300 school and district leaders from Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties at the Midwest Leadership Summit held at Princeton High School. What an inspiring event!
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New Favorite Tech: ThingLink

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We live in an age where there is no shortage of online tech for teachers to use in their classrooms – but, sometimes, I stumble across something that strikes me as truly remarkable. Enter ThingLink.
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Getting to know the neighborhood

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NPR recently sat down with Christopher Emdin to talk about his new book, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood… And the Rest of Y’All Too. You can read a summary and listen to the interview here, or you can read a transcript here. The article starts off recounting a time Emdin got in trouble for acting like a “clown” in school. The teacher was annoyed that Emdin had quickly jumped under his desk after a door slammed in the hallway. What the teacher didn’t know was that Emdin’s apartment had a shooting outside just a few days earlier, and Emdin’s action was instinctual, and based on fear. He thought the slamming door was gunfire. This anecdote really accentuates the divide that can exist between teachers and their urban students.

Social Emotional Learning: A Conversation with LaMarque Ward, CEO of Dream Builders University

CUES-Cast, Season 1, Episode 3: Interview with LaMarque Ward about his company, Dream Builders University, and the work they do in schools to promote social emotional learning. To learn more about Dream Builders University, visit them on the web: http://www.dreambuildersuniversity.com/
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