Disciplining With Love

Mar 2, 2015

Janice Smith

February is famous for being one of the most challenging months of the year for teachers, and it becomes even more important to ground our teaching in what we believe about kids.   But once you do that, it creates a completely different kind of discipline, that is less about ‘order’ and ‘urgency’, and more […]

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Keep Improving

Jan 23, 2015

Janice Smith

In last week’s Video of the Week we looked at ‘Culture of Error’, from Doug Lemov’s new Teach Like a Champion 2.0.  This week, we have another example of how that culture, and a growth mindset, is built over time, one conversation at a time.  In fact, this is how most character development is taught, considering that every […]

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Assuming the Best (Part 2)

Nov 16, 2014

Janice Smith

We don’t typically do 2-part series in our Video of the Week emails, but this week’s an exception.  (If you missed last week’s, you can find it HERE).  Last week we talked about Assuming the Best with students, and we saw an example from Mr. Allen related to content.  This week, we’ve got another short […]

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Assume the Best

Nov 11, 2014

Janice Smith

October: the beginning of fall, pumpkin flavored everything everywhere… and  the longest month of the teaching year.   I can clearly remember from my years in the classroom exactly how I was usually feeling around the beginning of November.  My patience was apt to be a bit shorter, and my eagerness for a much needed vacation […]

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Our recent Video of the Week that shows a teacher role playing a call to a parent  has gotten a lot of positive feedback.  It’s incredible how this is something that we all do all the time (communicate with parents and work to build collaborative relationships with them), yet something we often receive very little […]

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