Category Archive: Student Success

Aug 29

Morning Bootcamp: Getting Back to the School Morning Routine

After a summer of long, luxurious mornings there are few things as discommodius as the stressful, time-crunched, bleary-eyed mornings that accompany the start of the school year. Fear not! This year I have a plan.   A week before school starts sit down with your kids and write down a routine that works for your …

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Mar 01

Love the List

Last week was a bad week. After receiving an angry letter from the library about some admittedly very overdue books, missing the due date of an important assignment in a class I am taking and realizing at 4:50 on Thursday evening that I had forgotten my daughter’s dance class that started at 4:45 I felt as …

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Feb 26

Exit Tickets: New Spins on a Tried and True Method

Did they get what I just taught them?  It’s a question educators are continually asking themselves.  Exit Tickets are a powerful interactive student response system intended to give the teacher at any grade level a quick “snapshot” of what students have learned, what they are still questioning, or even what prior knowledge they might be …

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Oct 26

Looking for a Way to Inspire Life Long Learners?

Of all the new words I introduce and discuss with my students over the course of a school year, the word schema proves to be one of the most powerful and life-changing for my students.  As mentioned in previous posts, schema is everything we have inside our heads.  To further explain… it is all of …

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Oct 17

Failure: The Key to Student Success

“I can’t!”  As of yesterday, this little phrase joined a list of words and/or phrases that are off-limits in our household.  It joined the ranks of “I’m bored” and a few other taboo utterances that I cannot appropriately mention here.   Here is how the story goes… “I can’t!”  my three year old whined as …

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