Hey, Struggling Teachers

Hey, Struggling Teachers–Here’s how you come back from a rough first semester By Allyson Burnett   When asked, most teachers say that their first year of teaching was the toughest.  Prior to COVID, when pressed, they talked about the challenge of teaching...

Opening Day

  Last weekend was opening day for Little League.  I sat in the bleachers and clapped for my little guy and 700 of his closest friends, and then came the speeches.  I got some funny looks because I was taking notes the whole time, but as a virtual coach I’m...

Learning Forward Conference takeaways

  Sibme as a community building tool for professional growth Learning Forward 2015’s first general session with Rehema Ellis and Irvin Scott highlighted the importance of celebrating teaching excellence. Showcase your successes. As teachers, we have to start...

Professional Collaboration Challenge with Video

We are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with The Principal Center to power a video-enhanced professional collaboration challenge! Professional athletes spend hours reviewing game tape to improve their performance by watching themselves and others.. Knowing...

A Better Way to Ask Questions about Texts

On a recent classroom visit, I overheard a teacher asking the question, “Why did Brent decide to try to commit suicide?” The class was reading the book Whirligig, and the teacher was pushing students to understand the main character’s motivation in narrative texts....

Legendary Coach and Mentor

This past holiday break, I visited my hometown of Grand Forks, North Dakota and got a chance to sit down with an incredible coach and human being, Mike Berg, who spent 38 years coaching football and teaching young men and women not just X’s and O’s on the field but...

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