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Establishing Our Role as Classroom Leader

The following is an excerpt from The 5 Dimensions of Engaged Teaching (p. 111) Cultivating our role as classroom leader involves establishing positive authority, expressing care and authenticity, making expectations and boundaries clear, and inviting students to be active participants in the creation of a vibrant learning community. Students need to feel our commitment to […]

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Settling in for the New School Year

Our ability to learn has deep roots in relationships. Our learning performance may be deeply affected by the emotional environment in which the learning takes place. ~ Dr. John Medina, Brain Rules The start of the school year brings a flurry of emotions. Excitement, nerves, and uncertainty mark this transition for students, teachers, parents, and […]

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Creating Safe and Inclusive School Climates

On January 8, 2014 the Department of Education and Justice released a School Climate and Discipline Guidance Package calling on “America’s educators to proactively redesign discipline policies and practices to more effectively foster supportive and safe school climates.” The extensive document states that: Schools must be both safe and supportive for effective teaching and learning to […]

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