Ms. Johnson LOVES to Read

Aug 28, 2017

Janice Smith

Over the last two weeks we’ve featured clips from two of our ‘First Days of School’ collections (‘FDoS: Culture‘ and ‘FDoS: Systems & Routines‘). Today we’re featuring a clip from the third, a collection called ‘First Days of School: Expectations‘. This clip features Ashley Johnson, former reading teacher & current School Leader.   Things We […]

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Building and Maintaining Culture

Aug 21, 2017

Janice Smith

Someone smart once described school culture to me like a garden. You’ve got to start by planting the seeds, but that’s only a smart part of the equation.  Reinforcing that culture every day in your classroom (or your school/staff if you’re a school leader) through both explicit lessons as well as teachable moments and consistent consequences […]

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Planning Purposeful Procedures

Jul 24, 2017

Janice Smith

In our last Video of the Week we discussed the value in writing your assessments first, right alongside your scope & sequence and unit plans.  This week, as you think about how to best use your remaining summertime (aside from taking advantage of some poolside reading and sleeping in) we’re going to feature a video from the collection ‘First […]

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The Power of Positivity

Mar 13, 2017

Janice Smith

There are certainly some times of the school year that are harder than others.  October, February, that stretch right before Spring Break… I’m sure some of you reading this can relate.  And it was those times that I found myself disciplining more often, and smiling less often.  While sometimes it can be a tough time of […]

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Is Growth Mindset Working?

Oct 17, 2016

Janice Smith

Yesterday an article was published on LinkedIn by the CEO of an EdTech company called Sown to Grow; it was called ‘Why Growth Mindset Isn’t Working In Schools…Yet.’  First, shout out for the title.  When I think about growth mindset the first word that comes to mind is the word ‘yet’, and the importance of using […]

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