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February 16, 2017

A Top 20 Teacher Shares his Weekly Letter to Parents/Guardians! Entry #5

Educators, how’s your level of communication with the parents/guardians of your students? How much energy are you spending on the VERY important piece of the puzzle that helps students learn? Engaging parents is challenging. When parents are engaged,…the likelihood of their student’s success drastically increases! Mr. Bowlin, 4th-grade teacher at Saint Mark’s School in St. […]

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January 7, 2017

Power Hour (BLOG 48)

This week’s Top 20 video and blog takes a new look at an old problem. Students routinely complain about homework, or more specifically how long it takes to do their homework. Sometimes the problem isn’t the homework assignments…but the distractions of the students’ ‘study’ environments. In order to become more efficient and do a better […]

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January 2, 2017

Educator Resolutions (BLOG 47)

It’s that time of year! I know, I know, I know,…you’re ready to puke with the list of resolutions you already have in mind. This year, go easy and go effective. Rebalance your world; rebalance your thinking. Resolve to cut back on negative non-verbal responses to students Resolve to call to mind your purpose and […]

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December 12, 2016

Say “Maybe.” (BLOG 46)

Say, “Maybe.” A recently retired judge said that after years of practicing law that one of the biggest things that stood out in his mind was that eyewitnesses are very unreliable. Interesting take away don’t you think? What does that have to do with saying “Maybe?” When we make a judgment about another person or […]

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December 5, 2016

December (BLOG 45)

Tom Cody taught high school and middle school for forty years. “Not sure there is a tougher stretch during the school year than those three weeks before winter break in December,” he recalls. “Students are focused, but generally not on anything remotely connected to academics.” Many schools operate on three trimesters, making these next few […]

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November 28, 2016

Parents (BLOG 44)

This week at school, let’s make an extra special effort to involve the parents/guardians in the learning process. They are so instrumental in supporting what you are doing in the classroom! Sometimes teachers try to stay at arm’s reach from the parents, trying to protect themselves from criticism. Remember: it’s not about Teaching, it’s all […]

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