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C.I.C.: What is the Best Advice for Teaching, or Your Chosen Profession, You Have Ever Received?

When I started writing back in February, it was to document some of my experiences during the pandemic times as an educator living and working in China.  As I have continued to write, I find myself drawn to helping others.  It is one of the areas that is a gift and strength for me.  I …

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Differentiated + Distance Learning during COVID-19

DIFFERENTIATED LEARNING ALLOWS STUDENTS TO WORK AT THEIR OWN PACE TO SUIT THEIR NEEDS WHILE MAKING PROGRESS AGAINST COMMON GOALS.  Differentiation is not easy. In fact, it may be the most difficult skill in the teaching business. And now with nearly all schools in the world dealing with a global pandemic, having moved to virtual learning …

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Social Emotional Learning: Core Competency: Self-Management

As an Assistant Principal at a school with over 500 sixth-twelfth graders, every day is different and brings new and exciting challenges. Part of my role is the point person for disciplinary matters. Often students are referred to me by teachers when a student has an outburst that may not be appropriate or manageable in …

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Classroom Observations: Feedback Tips

As an instructional leader, giving feedback to teachers on your instructional caseload is a must. Teachers appreciate receiving feedback that is timely and constructive that can help them improve their instructional practices in order to improve student learning. Here are a few tips for providing quality feedback to teachers: Utilize a Reliable Framework: Danielson’s Framework …

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School Leadership = School Climate + Achievement Gains

A lot has been said about the connection between a strong school climate, school achievement and school leadership.  “School principals influence school achievement primarily through changes in the school climate.” In this article we will take a deeper look at the connection between school leadership, school culture and student learning by summarizing the work of …

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