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Are you ready for the new PBL?

Are you ready for the next phase of problem based learning? Finland has been taking the teaching approach that we all have grown accustomed to and made it even more nuanced. The new PBL is not problem or project based learning, it is phenomenon based learning. Yes. You read that right. Phenomenon based learning is...
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We CAN prevent student suicide

Recently, the Washington Post covered the story of eight year old Gabriel Taye. Taye was a third grade student in Ohio who killed himself due to bullying at his school. According to school officials, they did not know the extent of the bullying. When Taye and his parents brought any issues of bullying or student...
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Three Strategies to Support Teachers in the Classroom

https://www.khou.com/article/news/investigations/broken-ribs-kicked-and-punched-reports-show-school-teachers-bullied-by-their-students/285-eb89cdd6-ce4d-42c3-9a0e-b9ec5049befc More than ever before, the need for comprehensive teacher support is making itself apparent. While the above article only references the experiences of a few teachers in Houston, their stories ring true for many more. Teachers are being tasked with teaching to all student learning needs, connecting meaningfully with each student, creating lessons that...
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3 Mind Shifts for Teachers to reach classroom success

Recently, Edweek published an article about how difficult it can be for teachers to manage classrooms. In the article, the author talks about how teachers attribute student misbehavior to troubled families, inconsistent administration, and poverty to name a few. The goal of course was to talk about how suspensions accelerate students along the school to...
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3 FAIL PROOF Strategies for managing student behavior

Join Dr. Kia for your weekly dose of classroom inspiration. This week she shares strategies for classroom management no matter the place or space. PROMISE it’s your favorite weekly PD.
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Happy Hour: 5 FAIL PROOF Ways to Start the School Year

Join Dr. Kia for Happy Hour as she shares her experiences and 5 ways that all teachers can connect meaningfully with kids in the classroom this year.  
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The Literacy Diet in Early Childhood with Kelli Cronk

Join Dr. Kia and her friend Kelli Cronk at the lunch table! Kelli and Kia talk about what the Literacy Diet looks like in the Early Childhood classroom in this episode.Learn more about fluency and word study in pre-kindergarten! PROMISE it’s your FAVORITE weekly PD!   Get your tickets for Wildfire 2019 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wildfire-2019-a-fresh-teacher-development-experience-tickets-56591573921?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
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7 Brothers and Finnish Education Reform

I told you the last time we had book club that I had to know more about the 7 Brothers story mentioned in The Smartest Kids in the World. Anytime a single story can unite a nation around education reform, I have to look into it! It turns out that 7 Brothers is a pretty...
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Why the PISA Exam is the ONE test all kids should take

Hey Firestarters! Last week during book club we talked about the PISA Test. In her book The Smartest Kids in the World, Amanda Ripley made a pretty strong argument about how what we view as “premiere education” here in the States does not stack up against the education received in other countries. She cited the PISA...
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3 reasons why I STAN for Edmodo

  Listen y’all, it has been a LONG couple of days. You know that I capital letter LOVE connecting with teachers and I have been doing just that nonstop it seems! I recently had an opportunity to attend TCEA 2019. While I was there, I spoke with teachers about a platform that I honestly do...
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