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A Winter’s Tale (or What Would Shakespeare Do?) A Modern Tragicomedy

Look beyond the humor and see the conditions in which dedicated educators met and often exceeded.

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New School Year, Recovery from the Collective Shock of the Pandemic, and The Lyons Den

This will probably be the biggest question of the year. How has COVID-19 affected student learning? According to a Brookings Institution article, “…there is growing consensus that school closures in spring 2020 likely had negative effects on student learning.” Brookings Institution came to solid conclusions as a result of researched, evidence-based results noting there was definitely a negative impact. They used a sample of 8000 schools nationwide. It’s important to note that these schools were not representative of the underserved communities we know were impacted at a greater level.

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Life…

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Gratitude 

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EdA2Z2016 – Empathy 

I remember what it was like in my adolescence to go to school with a heavy mind and heart. Anticipating the mysteries of adulthood – desiring freedom.   As a teacher, if I am worth anything, I must have EMPATHY…

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EDU270 – Lesson 4: …to be relational as a teacher?

One of my favorite movies is “To Sir with Love”.  In this movie, Engineer Mark Thackeray arrives to teach a totally undisciplined class at an East End school…He starts implementing his own brand of classroom discipline: forcing the pupils to…

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EDU270 – Lesson 3: Attention, Emotions, & Learning

“Please pay attention…get on task…focus!  Do you hear me?” As a mother of a teenager who struggled with attention deficit disorder (a label he hates even now), I thought I had the best information and tools in my arsenal.  I…

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EDU270 -Lesson 1: Brain Architecture, Plasticity, and the Impact of Environment on a Child

After watching the videos: Brain Plasticity and Imaging/Development on the website: Changing Brains: Effects of Experience on Human Brain Development, I realized there is a lot more to teaching than standing in the front of the room and sharing lesson…

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“I’m BORED”

  My least favorite phrase (especially while teaching) is, “I’m bored.” Why?  Because it is a red flag that as a teacher, I am not doing what I should be.  There shouldn’t be a dull moment.  Engagement is the name…

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Spring 2016 Semester

Today, I received a couple of the textbooks for my Spring, 2016 semester courses.  Tomorrow is technically the first day of the semester.  I am looking forward to the coursework. This will be a busy time for me.  I am…

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