E 9: Hmmm? Huh? Aha! Tangible, Proven Ways to Develop Powerful Understanding of the Self, Others, and the World Part One (with Adrienne Gear)

We all want students to develop a sense of agency over their learning, but many of us simply want an easy-to-follow, laid out roadmap to do so. Back again with her wisdom, wit, and wealth of creativity, Adrienne Gear teaches us about her 3-step Inquiry-Based Powerful Understanding Model and how we can enable students from … Continue reading E 9: Hmmm? Huh? Aha! Tangible, Proven Ways to Develop Powerful Understanding of the Self, Others, and the World Part One (with Adrienne Gear)

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The Letter Every Teacher Should Write in June

The Letter Every Teacher Should Write in June Five years ago at the end of each school-year in the busy month of June, I started the practice of writing a letter to myself.  Like a ritual, I would seal the letter and place it in the left-hand drawer of my desk on the last day … Continue reading The Letter Every Teacher Should Write in June

How These Well-Intentioned Compliments can Contribute to Devastating Inner Struggle

“You’re so strong!” “You’re so smart!” “You’re so nice!” How many times have we uttered these phrases, with the intention of bestowing our greatest admiration upon the receiver in front of us, whether a child, a colleague, a family member or a friend? The truth is, when you’re told that you’re a certain way over … Continue reading How These Well-Intentioned Compliments can Contribute to Devastating Inner Struggle

The 25 Beliefs I Once Held to be True…but Don’t Anymore

Like everyone else I know, I have a million-and-one things I should be doing instead of writing this post right now, but that tiny fleeting voice of inspiration came knocking and tugged on my shirtsleeve. So, while the kids were napping, I did what any self-respecting mom on a ‘nap-break’ with mountains of laundry, tons … Continue reading The 25 Beliefs I Once Held to be True…but Don’t Anymore