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Once a “Cheater”, Always a “Cheater”

In the wee morning hours, you’ll find them sitting there huddled around a table or crouched around a tight spot on the floor. There they sit “sharing” their homework. Yep, some call it sharing. Some call it comparing. Others call it helping. Many call it studying. Most educators would call it cheating. This scene repeats itself at lunch and in …

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Habits and Habitats: Rethinking Learning Spaces for the 21st Century

The moment students enter the classroom, the space informs them more than we can imagine about the type of learning the environment will foster and the clear direction the lead learner in the classroom wishes to go. In many classrooms, the picture is all too familiar: desks in rows, a clear front of the classroom, podium off-center in the front, …

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My Children and “their” Digital Footprints

I read with great interest the CNN article, “Study: 82% of kids under 2 have an online presence” because of our two youngest children. The article stated “Children can’t change their DNA, and now it seems they’re inheriting another permanent feature from their families — an online presence”, and we are clearly guilty of this as parents. Fae and Finn, …

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I Stayed

There are moments in your life that you know are once in a lifetime. The path you choose during this moment no doubt defines you in ways both known and unknown. Two months ago, an unsolicited phone call while driving down the expressway presented one of those moments. As I’ve said before, I never wanted to be an educator but I …

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Raise Your Hand…

Raise your hand if you spent time exploring, challenging, refining, and enhancing your professional practice today? Now, raise your other hand if that professional learning took place in a collaborative context with other professionals? Is your hand raised high or “tied” behind your back? I’m not a reform expert, but if all educators are not raising their hands almost each …

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