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Welcoming the Unwelcome

“Welcoming the unwelcome refers to the capacity to see challenges and obstacles as opportunities for learning and growth.” – from page 72 of The 5 Dimensions of Engaged Teaching How many times do we encounter “obstacles” in our lives we wish to turn away from or avoid? Our writing team experienced such challenges on a weekly basis— […]

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Integrated Curriculum: Honoring the Inner Life in Academic Content

Honoring students’ voices and deepening the student-teacher bond can be effectively accomplished through meaningful academic activities. A few years ago, I implemented one practice in particular that enabled me to know my third-grade students on a much deeper level than any previous group. Students completed a “you and me diary” three times a week, in […]

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Education

No Teacher Left Behind?

A great teacher can literally change the course of a student’s life. They light a lifelong curiosity, a desire to participate in democracy, and instill a thirst for knowledge. It’s no surprise that studies repeatedly document that the single biggest influence on student academic growth is the quality of the teacher standing in front of […]

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21st Century Education from the Inside Out

“21st Century skills” is the latest buzz in education. Is this the newest fad in slogan-based reform or is the call for 21st century skills provoking an important conversation about 21st century education?   It has certainly re-kindled a long-standing debate about content vs. skills. “‘We are stuck,” says Linda Darling-Hammond, head of the President’s Education […]

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