Believe Differently

In a world that consistently accommodates for adults…
let’s not forget that children and adolescents need accommodations too!

Picture yourself walking into a meeting or presentation that has already started. You’re at least ten minutes late and you have no idea what’s going on or what you should be doing.  What do you do to get “up to speed” and assimilate with what the group is doing? For me, it is looking around…

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Fixed Perspective of Behavior

Uncooperative, difficult, defiant, rude, disrespectful, naughty, etc.

Growth Perspective of Behavior

Communication, skill-based deficits, mental health, regulation.

Implementation is the residue of design, and when done with fidelity provides a proactive and responsive approach to teaching. EVERY student in our classrooms can be supported during implementation when we believe… …that it is our ROLE to support the learning outcomes of EVERY student. …that we need to establish RELATIONSHIPS with EVERY student. …that…

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Planning… such an essential component of education. There is a definite scope and sequence to our work. A process that supports effective instruction and classroom management. When we plan we consider so many factors; curriculum, test scores, class size, time, resources, classroom management, systems and routines, just to name a few. Each derived from expectations…

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Differentiation is one of those buzzwords in education that is often misunderstood. For many it brings up a sense of feeling “overwhelmed” or having to do “extra work”. Teachers will attempt to differentiate by creating different work for students based on their skill level and over time this becomes such a daunting task that many…

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The word “ownership” always comes to mind for me when I think about how we identify and support the learning outcomes for EVERY student in our classrooms. Who “owns’ the responsibility of supporting those learning outcomes?  As I shared in What is Equitable Teaching? , I am of the opinion that the learning outcomes should…

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I don’t believe that it is a surprise to anyone in education that there is value in developing a relationship with each and every student you work with. In my opinion, this value cannot be overstated and one that can be demonstrated in many ways. The insight into the individual learning inclinations of our students…

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Within the sphere of education there are many different titles. There are the members of a school board, custodians, psychologists, general education teachers, the superintendent, paraprofessionals, counselors, various administrators, principals, special education teachers, specialists, social workers, school nurses, cafeteria staff, etc. This list is by no means exhaustive, however it is representative of the varied…

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Invisible Obstacles - Designed with the Vecteezy Editor

If you spend any time on social media it is likely that you have seen the image of three children watching a baseball game in two different scenarios. The first scenario is labeled equality. It depicts the three children, each of different heights (one short, one average, and one tall), all standing on a same…

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