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Posted by Denise Giddens on August 17 2018 at 2:40 PM
In high school I set a gold medal goal of graduating as number one, #1, in my class. I almost reached that goal! Graduating number two, #2, was quite an accomplishment. It was not the intended gold, but a silver medal is nothing to complain about, right? However, what if I had not set such a high goal to get me into motion? Would I have reached my full potential? Maybe not! I doubt Olympian athletes set goals of achieving bronze or silver medals either. They reach their full potential by always…
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Posted by Charmion Mohning on August 17 2018 at 4:25 PM
Coaching may be the most valuable tool in a reading teacher's tool belt to consistently grow readers. Teaching students new skills and strategies is necessary and important, but you have to be able to coach to help students acquire those skills and strategies. The end goal of reading instruction is agency--creating independent readers who flexibly make decisions while reading. Great teachers coach; they help learners set attainable goals--long term and short term, provide opportunities for…
Posted by Denise Giddens on August 17 2018 at 2:40 PM
In high school I set a gold medal goal of graduating as number one, #1, in my class. I almost reached that goal! Graduating number two, #2, was quite an accomplishment. It was not the intended gold, but a silver medal is nothing to complain about, right? However, what if I had not set such a high goal to get me into motion? Would I have reached my full potential? Maybe not! I doubt Olympian athletes set goals of achieving bronze or silver medals either. They reach their full potential by always…
Posted by Dr. Monica Robinson on August 15 2018 at 9:39 AM
Attending conferences and professional training has been a significant part of my development as an educator. While training can certainly vary, learning from others is always a welcomed opportunity. Every year I look to participate in different conferences or online seminars, and I strive to experience training that will:  Provide instructional strategies that increase or enhance student learning. Offer new content that will improve instruction for teachers. Refine my coaching and…
Posted by Noelle Morris on July 31 2018 at 3:16 PM
      A little over a week ago, I attended the ILA Annual Conference in Austin, Texas. I was excited to attend one of my favorite conferences and celebrate the appreciated disbelief of transitioning into my twenty-fifth year in education. Don't you love oxymorons? I know I do--especially since in year one I counted the days until the end of the year, so I could escape, and even checked how to graciously get out of a contract. I truly appreciate both the provided professional…
Posted by Charmion Mohning on July 23 2018 at 11:21 AM
Practice makes perfect. It's an adage every student and teacher has heard hundreds of times; yet, even after the eye rolls, we cannot deny that it is true. You'll never get better at something if you don’t practice.  Part of the reason that practice is a tough sell is that, by its nature, practice can be dull and repetitive.  In their book, The Power of A Moment, Chip and Dan Heath argue that schools and classrooms should be run more like sports teams.  No one would show up to…
Posted by Albert Morton on July 16 2018 at 11:52 AM
Last school year has come to an end, you are now deep into your Summer Break, and the last thing you want to do is go back in time. Moreover, you definitely don’t want to revisit the failures of the previous school as you’re relaxing by the pool or binge-watching your favorite TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, The Handmaids Tale, or Game of Thrones. But, I would like to challenge you to consider that reflecting on the failures of last school year can be the springboard to developing a plan to…
Posted by Noelle Morris on July 09 2018 at 11:17 AM
     We are at the end of June and another school year has come and gone. Goodness! Do you feel the same as I do? The one hundred and eighty days seem to rotate faster and faster even though a day is still made up of the same twenty-four hour cycle. I think now, did I like those first few years, though they were plagued with self-doubt and failure, better because they seemed to last FOREVER, or is it the here and now, though it seems that everything simply flashes by way too…
Posted by on July 02 2018 at 5:12 PM
At the beginning of the year, it’s important to turn your classroom into an inviting and comfortable place where everyone can learn, relax, and enjoy! I’m sharing one of my favorite lesson plans that gets my students engaged right off the bat. Use these steps to let your students know that you care and believe in their future achievements and watch them run to your classroom excited to do their READ 180 assignments!Successful READ 180 Lessons for the Beginning of the Year1. Do Now Assignments2.…
Posted by Kate Weber on June 29 2018 at 5:57 PM
Ah, sweet summertime!  A time for friends, a time for family.  A welcomed time for rejuvenation, reflection, and planning.  If you are like me, in that much needed order!  As educators, we belong to a strong community of life-long learners committed to fostering a culture of growth; therefore, our summers are filled with not only the time spent with loved ones but also developing our own growth through reading, writing, attending conferences, and planning for a successful…
Posted by Emily Diehl on June 29 2018 at 11:00 AM
How do we get students to do hard things? It’s true that most classrooms grapple with this concept in some form or another whether the students are high-achieving or not. It is a universal challenge; however, in our intervention classrooms, there is an acute need for an immediate and intentional set of moves with a potential to reverse these students’ pattern of chronic failure.In Table 1, we see that growth minded behaviors seem to logically lead to higher growth and achievement.  But…