And the Winner…!

Donnie Dicus Uncategorized

Well, the winner wasn't me! I got my rejection letter in the mail. "Dear Mr. Dicus, Thank you for letting us observe your classroom and meeting with you. You're nomination for this award is a huge accomplishment. Unfortunately, ……" (I

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No, It’s a Child.

Daniela A. Robles Uncategorized

Yesterday my colleagues and I had the pleasure of a good old-fashioned read-aloud (no post-its to track our thinking, or an explicit strategy think aloud). We gathered in the library for our PLC Wednesday and our principal began the afternoon

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Big Pumpkin

Jen Robinson Uncategorized

As a kindergarten teacher, I always loved reading the story, Big Pumpkin by Erika Silverman. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHkuZKAW7bs Maybe it was the singsong, predictable prose. Well she pulled and she tugged and she pulled. First she pulled hard and then she pulled

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Homework …

Delyssa Begay Uncategorized

How much is too much? Or not enough? I guess it varies on grade level and purpose. I was amazed at the amount of homework my neice and nephew would bring home. Some evenings, yes entire evenings, were spent on homework;

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The Union I Know

Daniela A. Robles Uncategorized

As the Arizona temperatures begin to fall below a hundred, and the excitement surrounding “Education Week” in America begins to fade, we find ourselves with lingering thoughts. I know I find myself with sound bytes from the teacher accountability discussion

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Allowed

Daniela A. Robles Uncategorized

Educators across the country are sitting with baited breath in anticipation of “NBC’s Education Nation” to be held September 26th -30th. As I visited the homepage for the event, I was struck by the following text: “Education is key to

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What Counts?

Jen Robinson Uncategorized

Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts. Albert Einstein When I read this it made me STOP and think. How do we use data to inform our instruction and impact our student’s

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Delyssa Begay Uncategorized

Autumn and the Good Ol’ Days … Last week, while anticipating the arrival of the three day Labor Day weekend, I reminisced with a colleague about my initial intention of becoming a teacher. I was a recent college graduate seeking

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