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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, [...]

Teamwork Makes the “COVID-Dream” Work

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. Here you will find: rules that change on an hourly basis, not enough PPE for staff and students, continued interrupted internet connection, and limited time to use the restroom. The first two months of our hybrid model have been a whirlwind. When asked how school is this year, I [...]

2020: An Educator’s Summer of Waiting on COVID-19

When the 2020 Summer Olympics were postponed, I knew there would be a new event that would test the mettle of educators, students, parents, and other stakeholders in education. It's trivia-based, and it has only one question. It's called "What the hell happens in the fall?" COLLEGE What happens in college is as varied as [...]

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