The Golden Bell of Justice

A story to teach about caring for others

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Recently, I came across a story that my mother had adapted when she was a teacher to use to teach students about caring for others who had done things for them. During this time of Thanksgiving and approaching Christmas, it is easy for many of us (kids included) to become self-absorbed and to forget those […]

5 Fast Ways to Give Positive Feedback

Principal Meredith Akers shares how to motivate and encourage others

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Have you ever made the mistake of giving other people the kind of feedback you want to receive – but it just fell flat? For example, I’m a “word” kind of person and I can float on a compliment for days. However, some people I know are visual. Others like to hear a person’s voice. […]

20+ Ideas to Supercharge Classroom Creativity

Ideas to help you spark creativity in your classroom

Creativity is something that we have to nurture as teachers. In this blog post and episode, I share some of the ways I believe nurture creativity in students. Sponsor: The U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest invites youth, ages 4-15, to submit their original hand-drawn artworks that answer the question, “If you could design a […]

The Surprising Science of Life Changing Moments

Michael Rousell, PhD talks about his research into life change

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Have you ever had a moment when your life changed? Perhaps it was a comment or it was a moment and although it may not have seemed to be anything to others around you, you experienced a seismic shift in how you viewed yourself. Dr. Michael Rousell studies these moments and relates them to neuroscience. […]

5 Ways to Empower Girls

Lynn Colón shares insight on empowering girls in schools today

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Lynn Colón, co-author of Empowering Girls: Opening the Door for Girls to Achieve More, helps us understand what schools need to be doing to intentionally empower their female students to achieve more. Lynn shares some of her journey and the nuances of understanding girls today. Listen to Lynn Colón talk about empowering girls Listen to […]

Self Care Tips and Advice to Be Your Best

Mandy Froehlich on episode 579

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Take care of yourself! We often tell each other this as teachers and rightly so. I once read that teachers work the same amount of time in ten months that most people work in a year. Teaching is not for the faint of heart or weak of the back but we must rest and stay […]

Getting past STEM Labels into real STEM Learning

Taylor Ryan on Episode 577

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Lots of things are labeled “STEM” these days but many of them are just rote instructions for students to follow. Is this truly STEM learning? Taylor Ryan is STEM coordinator for his school as they work to integrate STEM into every class. He shares what he’s learned about true STEM learning in the past year […]

Overcoming Your Fears (and Helping Kids Do It Too)

Tara Martin on episode 576

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Tara Martin has written a book to help children (and adults) face their fears called Cannonball In! Today, we talk about a powerful metaphor and the risks of life and how sometimes we have to jump! Enjoy! Listen to Tara Martin Talk about Overcoming Fear Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe […]

5 Ways to Greet Students

Thom Gibson on episode 575

Thom Gibson has fun ways to greet students as he walks around campus. He shared them on Twitter recently and I started using some of them and it adds a whole element of fun and engagement while interacting with students. Learn about these ideas and become the kind of person that kids love to greet! […]

3 Ways to Engage Families in Your Classroom

Jeromie Heath on episode 573

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Families want to engage in classrooms but as students get older, it can be challenging. In today’s episode, Jeromie Heath helps teachers understand how to engage families in the classroom in positive, proactive ways. Sponsored By Advancement Courses The holidays are just around the corner, and this is the perfect time to start planning your […]