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One of the most stressful times of the school year here in Florida is FCAT week – the week when students take the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, a high-stakes, standardized test, with scores that contribute to lots of things, including whether a student moves to the next grade level, a school’s annual performance, and soon, a teacher’s …

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  Ready to get your creative mojo on??   Brought to you by The Imagineers (as in Disney), here are 5 ways to bring it: 5.   Allow yourself to be a kid again and let the fun and fearlessness of childlike creativity set you free! (Kevin Rafferty) 4.   Avoid blank walls. Cover them with artwork, photographs, …

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Why do you read?    Chances are pretty good your answer goes something like this: I don’t read much. I don’t like to read. I like to read, but don’t have time. Or, if you’re a reader, your answer might be more like this: To escape. To learn new stuff. To keep up with the world. …

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How many times have you heard someone at work say, “Oh, I’m working on that.”  Might be a coworker whose part of the project is affecting the rest of the team or a teacher whose students are waiting (and waiting and waiting) for papers to be graded, and the students are wondering:  Will he ever get …

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When was the last time you served someone?  No, I don’t mean a meal or a summons!  I mean really served them… gave your time, energy, and full focus. When was the last time you did this without expecting anything in return? The Go-Giver (Burg and Mann) tells the story of a young professional who learns the value of giving …

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Have you met TED?  Do you like good ideas?  Do you like sharing good ideas? Do you visit TED to extend your learning or your instruction? I had the good fortune of being introduced to TED a few years ago (the organization, not the man…yet!), and love sharing this resource with others!  If you aren’t familiar with TED …

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Technology continues to advance. Students’ learning continues to evolve with technology.  Is your instruction evolving, too?    What do you think when you read the phrase Social Media?  Does it spark your creativity or serve up a hefty helping of uncertainty? Social media wasn’t what it is today when I was still in the classroom full-time.  We weren’t tweeting and updating our …

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What happens when we take time to frontload our instruction?  Frontloading, a topic that frequently comes up when I work with  teachers, is an instructional strategy that requires lots of work on the part of the teacher before introducing a new lesson to students, requires students to be very engaged with vocabulary, questions, concepts, and related topcis before the initial …

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In  early January, as we were welcoming  2011, Chris Brogan, a guy whose posts inspire my  thinking, posted about the upcoming year and how he approaches it: Not with resolutions, but instead with words, specifically 3 words.   He says they are neither goals nor resolutions, but instead  “guiding pillars for what I will focus on in the upcoming year.” …

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Connections by Color…. LinkedIn + InMaps = Excellent Visual Tool! Do you know who your connections are?  How about their connections?  Six degrees of separation (or 1 – 2 connections) could be all that’s standing between you and your next big success!  Check out LinkedIn’s newest feature [here].  Editor’s note: you must have at least 50 …

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I recently had the pleasure of visiting David Pollock’s Web Design class at Winter Park Tech – Avalon Campus, in Orlando, Florida, to discuss social media and its effects on marketing.  After learning that I’m a social media enthusiast, David invited me to come out and talk with his students.  What a treat for me! In …

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Recently, after completing our fourth session in a literacy training series with a group of tech center instructors, a few of us hung around for the rain to let up and had a candid discussion about teaching and the first few years in the classroom.   The instructors, both very capable business people and well spoken, confessed that being …

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