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Beyond Donuts in the Staff Room

Beyond Donuts in the Staff Room

10 ways schools can improve workplace satisfaction

Maggie, a seventh grade English teacher, was intrigued by one of the items listed in her school auction catalogue. A family had donated a week at their vacation home in Arizona, and she raised her hand to make a bid....
Author: Phyllis Fagell
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Topics: Leadership
Taking Care of Ourselves

Taking Care of Ourselves

Eight ways for teachers to balance work, life, and wellness

Balancing work, life, and wellness are difficult for everyone in every profession; however, for educators, that balance can be even more challenging. As a teacher, you are often pulled in many directions and need to...
Author: James Davis
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In Pursuit of the Balanced Life

In Pursuit of the Balanced Life

It's all about the choices you make

What do Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, and work-life balance have in common? All three are elusive. All three have been the subject of many articles. Finally, many authors don't believe any of the three...
Author: Frank Buck
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MythBusters: Teacher Leader Edition

MythBusters: Teacher Leader Edition

Advocating for this important role in education

Myths come in all shapes and sizes, from UFOs in Roswell and Elvis in Vegas, to whether a tomato belongs in the fruit or vegetable section of a market. Yet, most unexplained phenomena are straightforward; you either...
Author: Sandy Cameli
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Major and Minor Characters in the Story of School

Major and Minor Characters in the Story of School

5 Tips to Support Students and Staff in the Grand Narrative

Homework vs. no homework. Soft skills vs. hard skills. Chunky vs. smooth peanut butter. BYOD vs. low tech. Axe body spray vs. breathing normally. Ugh. I typically avoid writing or speaking about binary relationships...
Author: Dru Tomlin
Number of views (6766)/Comments (11)/
Topics: Leadership
It's Time to Go "Google"

It's Time to Go "Google"

Creating a school culture that champions innovation, rewards teamwork, and values feedback

As a building principal whose days are filled with countless observations, emails, and student interactions, it's easy to forget that there really is a world outside of my wonderful middle school. Over the last...
Author: Chris Iasiello
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The Choice to Teach Abroad

The Choice to Teach Abroad

Teaching overseas offers opportunity, adventure, and professional and personal growth

In the summer prior to entering middle school, I dove deep into the Choose Your Own Adventure book series. On page 11, as commander of a spaceship, I chose to put up the energy propulsion shields to try to escape a...
Author: Alex Dailey
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Is There Enough of You in Your Teaching?

Is There Enough of You in Your Teaching?

Defining your classroom and inspiring students by honoring your own voice and interests

As I look around the classroom, I'm reminded of all the things I like about teaching. Photographs feature our ongoing service project, and displays highlight our unit on globalism. I've also created a modest space...
Author: Carolyn Bunting
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