It All Begins With What We Believe

Aug 4, 2014

Janice Smith

While we know you all are beginning to head back to school, and your to-do lists are full of plans, and classroom setup, and preparation for open houses, we know and believe that it all begins with the right mindset as we approach the year, our students, our families and our teams.  So we’ve decided […]

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The Importance of the Yankee Mindset

Jul 21, 2014

Janice Smith

Here we are, mid-July (and mid-baseball season).  In most cases we don’t have students in our classrooms yet, though some of you lucky ones have already gotten to welcome them back for those first weeks of summer school. Either way, we’re certainly all thinking about the year ahead, and the students that will soon be […]

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Work Life Balance

May 7, 2014

Janice Smith

I know for certain I am not the only one with work/life balance on the brain lately.  As the school year ends, teachers are looking forward to the months (or weeks) of relative freedom, a chance to travel, spend time with family members and loved ones, and read for pleasure. When I was teaching I […]

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Spreading Joy

Apr 1, 2014

Janice Smith

Video of the Week INSTRUCTION– Questioning- Build On It INSTRUCTION– Questioning- Think, Pair, Share INSTRUCTION– Questioning- Wait Time CULTURE- Staff Culture- Living the Vision TEACHER DEVELOPMENT– Staff Professional Development Why we love it so much… This week’s VOTW provides a sneak peak of one of the last two buckets in the Framework for 100%.  While we’ve shared […]

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Small Word, Big Impact

Mar 11, 2014

Janice Smith

The aversion to being ‘politically correct’ has always bugged me.  Word choice matters.  Simple as that.  And if spending an extra 30 seconds to carefully select those words can make a huge impact on someone else, it’s well worth it in my mind.  This doesn’t just extend to political conversation, but also plays a huge […]

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