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What Teachers Can Learn About Motivation from NFL Coach Gary Kubiak

I am not a football fan, but when I taught middle school, I pretended to be one, so I’d have something to talk about to some of the boys in my class.  I will admit though, to discovering that I really liked the motivational stories of players’ grit and determination.  As I read about the …

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Optimism and an “I Believe in You” Attitude Are Powerful Teaching Tools

We’ve all heard the saying, “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” Now, substitute the word teacher for mama. And then, substitute the words optimistic and supportive for the first happy in the quote. You now have a new, albeit, less memorable saying: If the teacher isn’t optimistic and supportive of student success, then the …

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Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

“The main thing is keeping the main thing the main thing.”  –Stephen Covey In the flurry of day-to-day lesson planning and teaching, the emphasis on standardized testing and the increasing social/emotional demands placed on teachers (and I’m not even mentioning remote learning!), it is easy to lose track of what the “main thing” is in …

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The Power of Keeping a Teaching Journal

“We surprise ourselves by what we write.  Writing is thinking, not thought recorded.”  —Donald Murray Far be it from me to add one more thing to your plate.  Heaven knows, it’s already overflowing!  However, this one-more-thing isn’t to please your administrator or a grumpy parent or the critical public.  It is just for you.  (Isn’t …

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Second Semester: Give the Gift of a New Beginning

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” –Henry Ford I have always thought that one of the gifts of being a teacher is that every school year, and new semester for that matter, presents us with a fresh start.  No matter how difficult the previous year or semester was, we get to take …

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Try the What-Went-Well Exercise for a Happier Year

“When we take time to notice the things that go right—it means we’re getting a lot of little rewards throughout the day.” – Martin E. P. Seligman, PhD.   I know we can all agree that 2020 was a rough year. This is especially true for teachers…and students…and parents of students doing remote learning.  And …

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