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How to Build a Resilient School Community

How to Build a Resilient School Community

Three ways to preserve relationships so we emerge stronger together

Right before my son started college, the dean, Kathryn Lively, shared a story with the first-year students. A few years earlier, she had attended a silent meditation retreat where one of the other participants...
Author: Phyllis Fagell
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We’re All First Year Teachers

We’re All First Year Teachers

Stop trying to be the “perfect teacher” and just be yourself

Every fall I teach a differentiated instruction class at Canisius College for teachers who are pursuing their master's degree in differentiation. I LOVE this class because they are my people: they get the need...
Author: Amber Chandler
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You’re Doing Better Than You Think You Are

You’re Doing Better Than You Think You Are

Six things I learned during my first year of teaching

1. Cheer for the kids who are doing well. Cheer louder for the kids who aren’t. Think back to your own school years. You can probably still name some classmates that always seemed to excel in school. I know...
Author: Jessica Egbert
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Building the Classroom of the Future

Building the Classroom of the Future

We’re only a couple of months into the academic year, but for many educators it already feels much longer. Teachers are working more hours than ever before, with the added strains of preparing lessons in new...
Reimagining Success

Reimagining Success

It’s not about back to normal, it’s about creating our new and better story

Back in March, before I felt like an unwilling participant in the Hunger Games, I looked at The Great Pause caused by COVID-19 as an opportunity to reevaluate what I liked from my previous, unquarantined life, and...
Author: Amber Chandler
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2020 Back to School Camp in Review

2020 Back to School Camp in Review

More than 400 educators came together during our first-ever Back to School Camp to learn, brainstorm, and collaborate on the complex task that lies ahead: facilitating a safe and engaging return to school for our...
Author: AMLE
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Making Middle School a National Priority

Making Middle School a National Priority

The latest science tells us why now and even how to do it

Many people have ambivalent to negative memories of their own middle school years, although there are exceptions. One of the authors of this article was in an "experimental cluster" within a traditional junior high,...
Author: Jason Cascarino, Nancy Deutsch, Abby Gillespie
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A Best Practice Is Always a Best Practice

A Best Practice Is Always a Best Practice

How a chat with a former student reinforced and reaffirmed good teaching practices

I walked into a local business yesterday and stood in line waiting my turn. As I stood there, I knew that I recognized the face and the voice of the customer service representative eagerly assisting others. As I...
Author: James Davis
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Middle Me This: A Professional Crush

Middle Me This: A Professional Crush

When a teacher's advisory game leads to a lesson learned

New clothes, new friends, and new advisory classes were in motion, which meant the new school year was underway! And, as true for some years, an imbalance of boys and girls seemed to be the general configuration that...
Author: Sandy Cameli
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Why I Teach

Why I Teach

Building a safe space for students—and you, as teacher—to grow and learn

Ms. Bunting, It has been such a pleasure getting to know you over the years. Having you in my life has been such a joy. Specifically, English 4 was, by far, the best thing to happen to me at Peak to Peak. You...
Author: Monika Bunting
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