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Stoicism and Project-Based Learning: How an Ancient Philosophy Changed my Teaching Methods

Brian Francis Smith is an educator, author, podcaster, husband, and father of two middle school-aged daughters. He is in his 19th year of teaching English at Cheltenham High School, a public school outside of Philadelphia. Brian is the author of two novels and has taught creative writing at the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference. He currently teaches [...]

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers: Habit 3 – First Things First

My friend and former student-teacher called me the other week: "I need to vent to you for 10 minutes." "We were supposed to get the vaccine once our meetings finished today. I received a text at 12:50p telling me the window for the vaccine was 1p-4p. As I was heading out the door, I received [...]

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers: Habit 2 – Begin with the End in Mind

When I studied for my M.Ed. in Leadership, the lasting lesson that I pulled from my coursework was from a program called Understanding By Design (now called "Backward Design"). It essentially advocates effective teaching is to lesson plan by beginning with the outcome - whether for the year, unit, week, or lesson. Why? The most [...]

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers: Habit 1 – Be Proactive

In the children's book Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, author Judith Viorst's protagonist Alexander continually falls victim to an awful 24-hour period, saying things like: "I fell asleep with gum in my mouth and now there's gum in my hair," "All the other kids had cupcakes, Hershey bars, and other desserts, [...]

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