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  • How ‘Angels in My Classroom’ Came to Be

    on Jul 29, 14 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured • with Comments

    Angels Cover

    Lee-Ann Meredith is the author of Angels in My Classroom: How Second Graders Saved My Life At the end of my first semester as a teacher, my 44 year old husband was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. As a family, we began the long journey of radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy. There were decidedly the everyday moments that most families have: laughter at the dinner table, teenage drama, family trips and parties. These were interspersed with repetitions of treatments. It felt rather like “lather, rinse, repeat” until Mark’s death three years later. My world shattered. I had

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  • Summer Selfies – Understanding Infographics

    on Jul 25, 14 • in Educational Apps, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum • with Comments

    Source: Infographics Archive

    Each summer our school offers flex time for professional development. Most faculty seize this opportunity to meet, work in teams, document our hours for the day and submit our accomplishment which substitute for an In Service day during the school year. Well rested educators impart work efficiency and effective collaboration. In preparation for Summer In Service, I’m also documenting my prior work flow at home. These self appointed studies are my Selfies and they are worth sharing. Without balance, work consumes me and my summertime needs: a need for adventure, a need for home management and a need for educational inspiration

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  • 6 Ways to Make Your Room Work for You

    on Jul 24, 14 • in Featured, Management • with Comments


    Every summer teachers rethink their classrooms. I am no exception. It just can’t happen during the school year beyond rearranging desks. I have a couple of friends who are urban planners and I pretend to be them, thinking about my space as if it were a small city. After all, classroom arrangement includes more than desks and bookshelves. It incorporates all the places that you and your students move, sit or work in the room. This includes storage. I was fortunate to have a huge room built in the 1920s. There was room for

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  • The Advantage of Disadvantage, Part I – Book Review

    on Jul 21, 14 • in Book Review, Featured, Opinion • with Comments

    David and Goliath,
By Malcolm Gladwell

    David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, by Malcolm Gladwell Publisher: Penguin Books, Ltd., Oct. 2013 I remember years ago watching a piloted TV show that was based on a character that was much like that of the popular television personality Martha Stewart. In the show, the Martha character looked to her TV mother and said something like, “Thank you for withholding just enough love from me to make me into the overachieving success that I am today.”  I remember it well, even though it was years ago, because it made me wonder what

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  • The Traveling Teacher: NEA’s Rep. Assembly in Denver

    on Jul 18, 14 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured, Series • with Comments

    Author Jake Miller in Colorado

    In my first article of the Traveling Teacher series, I shared the brotherly love experience of Philadelphia. My next stop this summer? The National Education Association’s Representative Assembly in the Mile High City — Denver, Colorado. This was my first year at the Representative Assembly (RA), and to describe it in one word, I’d say that I appreciate it. With nearly 8,000 delegates in attendance, it is the world’s largest democratic body. The RA is charged with setting policy, determining new business items, listening to speeches, and electing the executive committee of our union. Beginning

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