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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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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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Who is Responsible for Student Success? (and other questions that keep me up at night…)

African siblings doing homework “On most mornings, Nabil Romero’s mother would drive him and his brother to school at the Roybal Learning Center in Los Angeles. One morning when their mother wasn’t able to drive them, the two boys had to take two Los
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Pokémon Go (Uh-Oh)!

image Come one, come all- Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, and many other Pokémon have been discovered on planet Earth! “Now’s your chance to discover and capture the Pokémon all around you. So get your shoes on, step outside, and explore the
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Assessment, Evaluation and High Stakes Testing

Image 1   Well fellow educators, it appears that it is that time again.  You know it is coming, but every year it seems to sneak up on us a little earlier.  Much like seeing Christmas decorations pop up on shelves before
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Why Do We Need to Learn This Anyway?

Copyright Mercedes Benz, 2011. I will be the first to admit that I love my iPhone, however, I may be one of the few people still around who do not read books on a mobile device (iPad, Kindle, tablet, etc.).  While, I am not
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Transform Learning With Our New Thinking Maps Learning Community

TMLC Preview The best part of my job is meeting with teachers after they have applied Thinking Maps in their classrooms.  They are excited about the thinking their students are doing, and they can’t wait to show me their maps.  Once teachers
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