Most teachers enter the profession of education with aspirations of helping all students succeed academically, socially and emotionally. For many of us, we discover early in our careers that we will have a number of students who struggle and present challenges which can wear us down. Helping these students become confident and goal-directed can be…

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Not so long ago, I began to work on my second master’s degree in a much different learning environment where university students functioned in teams more often than not!  What a relief!  In this type of setting, I felt comfortable and confident in relationship building, acknowledging individual talents, and understanding the team members’ roles and…

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Visualize what a school with an optimum culture looks like, sounds like and feels like. What do you see, hear and feel? Most of us would say that an ideal school culture could be described as welcoming, student-centered, engaging, and one that also involves educators who have high expectations of themselves and of their students.

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My selection for book review this year came from my love of anything _____Like a Pirate.  Since meeting Dave Burgess several years ago at the ASCD conference, I’ve been a fan, and when I saw that his wife Shelley and Beth Houf have written Lead Like a Pirate: Make School AMAZING for Your Students and Staff, my decision was made!I have to say the book did not disappoint.  It is packed full of ideas and strategies they each used to lead their respective schools.

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Gary Keller is chairman of the board and cofounder of Keller Williams Realty, Inc.  Jay Papasan, former editor at HaperCollins Publishers, coauthors Gary’s books and is vice president of publishing at Keller Williams.                                            The book’s cover page was the drawing card for removing the book from the shelf and placing it in my hands.

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How SPIDER WEB DISCUSSION Can Turn Students into Learning LeadersAlexis Wiggins150 Occasionally, no, frequently I am asked if teaching effective communications skills (GE #16) and utilizing complete sentences (GE # 2) are necessary skills for promoting learning in the classroom. As I read current research I am assured that they are effective and more importantly essential for today’s learner! The Best Class You Never Taught by Alexis Wiggins is a very affirming read regarding communic…

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If you are a Ron Clark fan and if you enjoyed Who Moved My Cheese? and Fish, you will want to read Move Your Bus. I recently read this book after a school administrator with whom I work suggested it as a good read. Move Your Bus is a clever parable that illustrates Ron Clark’s strategies to augment the achievement of a team or faculty. It depicts various groups in an organization and how leaders can positively influence and inspire individuals in each of these grou…

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My book selection came out of a brief conversation with my buddy, Jenniffer Callaway back in April at Instructor Training when she casually mentioned I should read Make Your Bed: Little Things that Can Change Your Life…and Maybe the World. I had, just prior to our conversation, seen this book mentioned on TV and ordered it that very day. I love inspirational books, and this one was written by Admiral William McRaven (U.S.

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While preparing for a master class project recently, I found the book 101 Strategies to Make Academic Vocabulary Stick. Author Marilee Sprenger introduces her book by explaining how important it is that educators across all content areas and grade levels address what she refers as “word poverty.” In fact, she maintains that vocabulary may be the most important content that we teach.In the first chapter she lays a great foundation by providing interesting research supporting the impor…

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After reading the book The Principal 50: Critical Leadership Questions for Inspiring Schoolwide Excellence, I began to think about the word intentionality, and began to wonder what percentage of life’s successes or extraordinary accomplishments demand intentionality.In the book, The Principal 50, intent (with suffixes) was in print six plus times. Terms such as intentionally, intentionality, and intended were constant reminders for purposeful actions such as initiating and sustaining a foc…

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