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Forget The Rules

‘Adam – forget the rules.’ As a young Assistant Principal those three words were perpetually at the forefront of my brain as a 29 year old newly minted leader setting up my office and meeting staff for the first time. They weren’t words I heard at some leadership conference or read in a book. They were self imposed and became one of my leadership mantras. I’m of course not advocating anything illegal – dangerous – or even something that may put your leadership position at risk. Just forget the rules now and then. I can  vividly remember a conversation with […]

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The 19 Best Teacher Websites That Help You Be Awesome for Kids

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the sheer volume of teacher websites and resources on the internet. It’s a bit like drinking from a firehose. That’s why, in this post, I’ve compiled some of my favorite teacher websites into a “water fountain” that’s much easier to handle. 🙂 Keep reading to see what they are. My Favorite Blogs and Websites for Teachers 1. Cult of Pedagogy The Cult of Pedagogy is seriously one of the best resources for educators. Jennifer Gonzales is the mastermind behind all the site’s amazing content. Cult of Pedagogy has articles about instruction, classroom management, technology, […]

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The Ultimate List of Teaching Strategies Every Teacher NEEDS to Know

The Ultimate List of Teaching Strategies Every Teacher NEEDS to Know

I had to pinch myself. I was 24 years old and in charge of thirty 5th graders… Every day. Monday through Friday. And to top it all off— A good friend of mine taught at the same school. In fact, he taught right across the hall from me! We’d often find ourselves repeating the same phrase: “It’s kind of crazy that we’re in charge of these kids!” Back then, I had two goals as a teacher. Have fun. Continually boost the confidence of my students. People who don’t work in education have asked me: “How you measure success as a […]

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The Time Is Now

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The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Styles

The 6 Main Teaching Styles and How They Impact Students

My dad taught 2nd and 3rd grade for over thirty-five years. He loved his job, so we’d often hear about it at home. And, although we had a great childhood, the same wasn’t true for him. He grew up in New York just north of Manhattan. His parents divorced when he was young, and my grandmother limited contact between my dad and his father. She also called my dad names. I know these things shaped him — and hurt him. But I also know my dad became a teacher because he wanted to give kids the opposite experience of what […]

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Kids Don’t Care

I am so tired of hearing it. “Another app? I don’t have time.” “I forgot my password.” “We tried that and it didn’t work.” “Do I have to? I really liked the paper newsletter. Ugh.” Yes – you have to. You really do! And another thing – Don’t. Get. Comfortable. When I left the classroom ten years ago we had iPods for my students, and we thought it was amazing. It was cutting edge, kids were beyond pumped to use this new found engagement strategy to further their learning in class. And then soon after schools started buy Smartboards, then […]

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