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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 [...]

Opinion: The Teacher Stories We Tell Ourselves: Let’s Assume the Best

  We (yep, all of us) are stressed.  Students are swamped with work and desperate loneliness.  Parents are at their wits’ end trying to keep their jobs, kids, and sanity afloat.  Teachers are exhausted from the literal and emotional headache of online learning. Administrators are trying to balance the needs of their staff and students [...]

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, [...]

Flip That Frown Upside Down – Teaching Like a Stoic

A neighbor complains every time it snows. It doesn't matter if it's a feathery amount or a foot -- to him, the impediment of snow is too much to handle. He hates the shoveling. He hates the noise of the snowblowers. He hates driving in it. He hates the cold. He hates teleworking. The list [...]

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