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Better Together: Thoughts on Recovery from Irma and Harvey

blog-png-james James Dean is a fellow Floridian and has represented Thinking Maps for 17 years.  Prior to that James was a Palm Beach County mathematics coordinator and classroom teacher.  He shares his thoughts on the recent hurricane and the many communities
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Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

logo_square_thinkingmaps Kevin Dougherty is our Director of Business Development at Thinking Maps and represents TMI in Texas.  As an educator and resident of Texas for many years, this message is very close to his heart. Hurricane Harvey’s historic levels of rainfall and resulting floods have already
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Understanding the Learning Cycle Part Two: Planning

The four-part Learning Cycle. You’ve probably heard the expression “failure to plan is planning to fail.” Nowhere is this more true than when it comes to teaching and learning.   In my last blog, I discussed the first stage of the four-part Learning Cycle:
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Understanding the Learning Cycle Part One: Learning

learning-cycle We know that “stand and deliver” style lecturing isn’t the most effective teaching method when it comes to our students. Why would we think it works when it comes to introducing new material to teachers?   The truth is, our
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Building a Culture of Continuous Learning for Teachers

The four-part Learning Cycle. We’re all familiar with the traditional model of professional development: an outside consultant comes in during the summer or at the beginning of the school year, spends a few hours or a couple of days introducing the new program or
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It’s All In How You Frame It

Female High School Teacher Taking Class It is clear from conversations with educators from throughout the country that high stress and a sense of overwhelm is a condition of epidemic proportion in our schools today. Clearly, we must equip and empower educators by providing them with
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Using Thinking Maps to Support High Quality Questions and Deepen Accountable Talk

sip By Kati Pearson (Director of Teaching and Learning) and Hana Insanally, Julie Staton, & Bianca Williams (School Improvement Program Specialists),Lake County Schools, Florida
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My Year Without Target (And Other New Year’s Resolutions)

white-male-1874779_640 Last summer I made a very tough decision to live life without Target. Yes, Target! The store with the Red Bullseye logo. I did this for a number of reasons (many of which are unimportant) but what is important, is
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Growing the Creative Executive Brain

motivatedbrain #5 in a series from The Motivated Brain: Improving Student Attention, Engagement, and Perseverance by Gayle Gregory and Martha Kaufeldt   How many times have you heard, or even said, “My students can’t do that!”  I remember when the graduation
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A New Definition of Rigor

screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-11-16-04-am Educators across the country are discussing “Rigor” and how to incorporate it into their classroom instruction:   “Our lessons must be more rigorous.” “We must increase the rigor of our assessments.” “Does this book possess the necessary rigor for that
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