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Posted by afink43 | 12 July 2019 | cic
EDUCATION IN ITALY VS. THE US

It’s been a few weeks since I have shared my curricular knowledge with those of you in the education world. While thrilled to be able to travel, I had some trouble being away from my routine and unable to share curricular antidotes with all of you. My travels, took me on a 10-day trip to...

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Posted by afink43 | 12 July 2019 | cic
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?

What would make your districts professional development (PD) better? How come every waking minute is scheduled? How many different topics can we do, see, or learn about before we burn out? No wonder our students are burned out–teachers are burned out too. How much PD is too much? Sometimes all we want is time with our colleagues,...

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Posted by afink43 | 12 July 2019 | cic
A TIME OF RE-BIRTH AND A FRESH START

By ending the old year with respect and beginning the new one in the way we would like to begin, we establish our intentions for the new year. No matter how we choose to spend the New Year, we are acknowledging an important transition and welcoming a fresh start.  May your New Year be rich...

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Posted by afink43 | 12 July 2019 | cic
RESILIENCE AND CURRICULUM

Are we raising this generation of children to be fearful of everything? Are we discouraging children to simply play, be creative, and problem solve on their own? Are we creating less resilient children who are not used to failing? Some are going to agree with me on my following statements and some are not; nevertheless,...

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Posted by afink43 | 12 July 2019 | cic
4 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR TEACHING SKILLS

I have found that I am the type of teacher who is always wondering how I can do better? How can I do better teaching my students? How can I do better connecting with my colleagues? What can I improve my craft? The following are FOUR ways that I would recommend to try to improve...

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Posted by afink43 | 12 July 2019 | cic
WORN OUT OR BURNED OUT?

Before holiday break began, I was overworked, irritable, and physically exhausted! I was enthusiastically counting down the number of “wake-ups” I had left. I was mourning the loss of a fellow colleague. I was frustrated with student performance. I was not enjoying my work. I was stressed. After further thought, I began to wonder, was...

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Posted by afink43 | 12 July 2019 | cic
CHARDONNAY PAIRS NICELY WITH CURRICULUM

Huh? What? I mean haven’t you ever graded papers or assignments while consuming a glass of wine? Chardonnay is often described as neutral, lean, crisp, fruity, oaky, or even medium to light bodied. Curriculum is often described as explicit, implicit, hidden, excluded, or extra-curricular. In all cases, there are varying types of both based on...

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