Closing the Loop

Jun 12, 2017

Janice Smith

It happens regularly that I’ll meet people for the first time, and when we begin chatting the topic of teaching comes up.  Sometimes it’s because they’re a teacher, or because they learn that I work in education.  This past weekend it was someone who was now an engineer, but had taken a two-year break to […]

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Sharpening the Saw

May 30, 2017

Janice Smith

When working with KIPP Metro Atlanta in 2015 and 2016 we used the KIPP Framework for Excellent Teaching (KFET), along with the Framework for 100%, to tag a lot of their videos.  One of the tags in the KFET is called ‘Sharpening the Saw’, and takes our tag of ‘Growth Mindset’ a bit further, from mindset […]

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Teacher Organization

Mar 20, 2017

Janice Smith

Teacher organization, and organization systems, are often the unsung hero of great classrooms.  We rarely notice them when observing great teachers in action, and they are often hidden behind the scenes.  But when done well they allow your classroom to run like a well-oiled machine, and you to focus on what’s most important. The new collection […]

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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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Making Good Use of Transition Time

Feb 27, 2017

Janice Smith

I’ve seen tight transitions in a lot of classrooms.  Students are doing what they’re supposed to, they’re putting things away, getting out new things, moving around the classroom… you get the idea.  The question I often ask is why they’re doing it. Welcome back to Taro Shigenobu’s 8th grade science classroom in Henderson, NC, where we […]

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