Safe to Smile

The first day of school sets the tone.  If you come across as an old-school ogre, it'll be Christmas before you're kids will feel safe around you.  So smile.  Make a positive first impression.  Build relationships.  Start as you mean to go on. Begin school on day one with your most engaging, well-crafted lesson.  Include... Continue Reading →

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Reading and Writing Strategies

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) has done an awesome job scouring the planet for research-based best practices designed to optimize student learning.  They've sequenced and bundled these strategies so students could be explicitly taught how to learn.  But, the strategies are great in isolation when used to support non-AVID lessons that need scaffolding. I've searched... Continue Reading →

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