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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First Day of School Chant Challenge

Aug 29, 2016

Janice Smith

Today is the first day of school for so many- so many of my school leader & teacher friends, and for many of my parent friends. So for today’s Video of the Week it only seems appropriate to share one of my very favorite clips we’ve ever captured on the first day of school.  And […]

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Earn Your Tone

Oct 26, 2015

Janice Smith

Earn Your Tone Ashley Johnson, Henderson Collegiate Earlier this month I wrote about Tone, and the sometimes challenging process of quantifying exactly what makes ‘good’ tone vs. ‘bad’ teacher tone, despite acknowledging the importance of this in establishing a strong classroom culture as well as strong relationships with individual students.  Which got me thinking over […]

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The Power of Yet

Aug 31, 2015

Janice Smith

Growth mindset, the belief in its importance and the explicit teaching of it to both teachers and students, is something we’ve heard a lot of people talking about in the last couple of years as we’ve visited schools.  In the age of ‘new math’, and an increase in rigor in the Common Core State Standards, […]

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