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Persistence in the Face of (Classroom Management) Setbacks: Teacher With-It-Ness Can Be Grown

"One thing you need to know is that they are really chatty," said the teacher's email.  I'd been invited to do a demonstration lesson in a 5th grade class.  Previously, I had asked the teacher about the logistics of her classroom (SMART board? yes.  Popsicle sticks? yes. Rows or paired seating? chatty.).

"OK," I thought, "I guess I need to teach them my strategies."  I went through my mental rolodex of classroom management acronyms, picked one and made a poster.

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Eduardo Briceño
Great insights, thank you Emily for sharing! Question: can you share a couple of bullets on how you learned these strategies over... Read More
Monday, 10 June 2013 22:11
Eduardo Briceño
Really helpful. Thanks Emily for sharing these strategies!
Thursday, 20 June 2013 23:50
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Cultivating Educator Experts: Culture Matters

Cultivating Educator Experts: Culture Matters

Arriving with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in 40+ U.S. states is tremendous pressure for schools to get results and to be masters of the Core as quickly as possible.  Invoking the Growth Mindset as we accept the challenge of the Core standards will help our schools maintain the momentum and stamina we need to develop expertise.

How can schools set themselves up to cultivate Common Core experts?  None of us is currently an expert in the CCSS.  Expertise will emerge with classroom practice and experience implementing these standards with real students.  It will emerge with the willingness to take responsible risks and to participate in collective reflection.  It will emerge with strong collaboration and compassionate patience.  These qualities are only gained in a risk-tolerant system through strategic, purposeful effort which includes timely, formative feedback.

Risk Tolerance

3.3 million teachers will be asked to change their practices, routines, and lessons this Perilousyear to align with the Common Core State Standards.  That is a staggering number when you think about that many Americans essentially experiencing a major job change at the same time!

It is inevitable that with all this change, some of us will fail.  We will mess it up.  We will get it wrong and forget some essential component (of a standard, a lesson, a concept).  Our central offices will mess up too.  Trainings will go awry, resources arrive late, and support will be well-intentioned, but spotty.  Are we prepared to tolerate this process and allow ourselves to take the necessary responsible risks to LEARN and grow?

I hope so.

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Leading Change with a Growth Mindset

Leading Change with a Growth Mindset

We lead because we have a passion for our work. But leading in a complex system can get confusing, overwhelming, and discouraging sometimes. Rather than resort to seductively easy ways to manage there are times we can choose to truly lead, capture people's hearts, and reignite passion!

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alan buchanan
You make a very good point at your conclusion when you say: "The Growth-Minded Choice might take more time out of one's day, more ... Read More
Saturday, 27 April 2013 15:55
Alison Bramall
Emily, how right you are. When looking at an issue from the outside, not emotionally or physically engaged with it, I know and fee... Read More
Monday, 10 June 2013 12:40
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A Summer of Growth

A Summer of Growth

It is finally summer, and I am ready to enjoy all the wonderful things that come with this season.  Many educators, although we continue to work here and there, also get to use these weeks for play, rejuvenation, and growth.

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Eduardo Briceño
Very cool and inspiring, Emily! The girl who [S]was on[/S] ran through fire. I think they should make a trilogy on you. Thank... Read More
Monday, 18 June 2012 09:25
Lisa Sorich
Great article! It's so important to remember that we also need to stretch ourselves, not just our students!
Saturday, 25 August 2012 13:24
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