Coaching is Crucial for the Classroom

The goal of every academic institution is the same: Provide a successful, high quality educational experience for all students. As the frontline instructional advocates for students, teachers play a key role in the achievement of this objective. It requires unrelenting efforts to keep up with the ever-changing educational system. Teachers are responsible for staying up to date on every aspect of their job, from testing schedules to the latest research on best practices. Although the task sounds daunting, providing coaches…

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Don’t Doubt The Data

The goal, in any field, is to do the best job that one can given the tools at their disposal. In order to improve upon instructional strategies, it is critical to determine the basis of all academic, behavioral, and social-emotional growth for students through research and data. Research in general is driven by the desire to prosper or succeed and is rooted in objective data collection and analysis. Why should education be any different? Data can be useful in all…

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Balancing Act – A Challenge Every Student Faces

As adults, we all juggle a myriad of tasks, chores and to-do lists on a daily basis, balancing it all. It becomes second nature. Students, on the other hand, are not used to being responsible for the adults who may be overwhelmed or stressed due to the complexities of life.  At times, students might even struggle to follow multi-step instructions, but we have to give them so much more credit than that. More than ever before, students are expected to…

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SWOT Away Doubts and Analyze your Leadership Skills

How are you as a leader?  Do you ever doubt your effectiveness? Truth be told, we all second guess our abilities when it comes to leadership. Today's education climate is all performance-based. As the leader of the school, we are constantly looking at student performance and teacher performance. However, how often do you stop to look at your own performance? All good leaders have questioned their own skills, but the best leaders do more than question, they self-assess. The performance…

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TIME OUT on the Behavior Blame Game!

Teacher says “administration does nothing...” Administration says “teachers have no classroom management...” I call time out!  Far too often in schools, it is teacher vs. administration in the blame game of managing student behaviors.  As educators, we are all on the same side and need to work together to make the school environment harmonious and conducive to learning, but both teachers and administrators need to take responsibility. As a teacher, it is important to PRACTICE THE P’s of classroom management.…

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