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Start the Day Off Right

Start the Day Off Right | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it

The first few hours of the work day can have a significant effect on your level of productivity over the following eight—so it’s important you have a morning routine that sets you up for success.

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A 4-Part System for Getting to Know Your Students

A 4-Part System for Getting to Know Your Students | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Relationship building is key to good teaching. This system will help you quickly get to know students and benefit from those connections all year long.
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8 Bad Communication Habits You Need to Break Immediately

8 Bad Communication Habits You Need to Break Immediately | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Want to have better conversations? It's time to break up with these pesky bad habits.
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Repairing Student and Co-Worker Relationships

Repairing Student and Co-Worker Relationships | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Whether it's a misstep with students, friction with a colleague, or a faux pas with admin, quickly admitting mistakes is part of being a professional teacher.
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Managing the Second Thing

Managing the Second Thing | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it

Obstacles are two things:

Everything that happens to you is made of two things.

The first is the thing that happened. The second is the way you think about the thing that happened.


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5 Things Teachers Want from PD, and How Coaching and Collaboration Can Deliver Them—If Implementation Improves

5 Things Teachers Want from PD, and How Coaching and Collaboration Can Deliver Them—If Implementation Improves | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
We rarely accept “sit and get” instruction as ideal for our students. So why is it still the most common form of professional development for teachers across the country?

. . . we found that both teachers and administrators value the same things in professional development—and it’s not sitting
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5 Questions That Promote Student Success in High-Poverty Schools

5 Questions That Promote Student Success in High-Poverty Schools | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
High-poverty schools can meet student, professional, and system learning agendas by strengthening instructional framework, targeted interventions, reading proficiency, reflective practice, and data-based inquiry.
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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, June 18, 11:34 PM
Yes!  Engage all students toward their highest achievement potential! All students can learn.
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In Search of More Student Voice & Agency

In Search of More Student Voice & Agency | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Middle school dean Bill Ivey is on a quest to increase the student voice, choice and agency in his Humanities 7 class and shares some steps he's considering.
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Is Grit as Powerful as Research Suggests?

Is Grit as Powerful as Research Suggests? | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it

Grit expresses the idea that a crucial component of success is people's ability to pick a goal and stick with it. That's the main thrust of research by Angela Duckworth at the University of Pennsylvania, which has earned her a MacArthur "genius" grant, national acclaim and, this month, a best-selling book. But a new report suggests that we should all take a step back and chill.

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Five Stepping Stones to School Success

Five Stepping Stones to School Success | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Educators in Jackson, Mississippi school district work together to identify five characteristics necessary to achieve academic success as a school community.
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Intrinsic Motivation vs. Standardized Tests

Intrinsic Motivation vs. Standardized Tests | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
When I was in school, I was just like my students -- totally unmotivated to take any standardized test, simply because I knew those tests were not going to affect my report cards. Therefore, why should I put any effort into them? I was the kid who fake-read the passages and picked the pattern of C,D,A,B,C,D,A,B to answers the multiple-choice questions. For eight years, I've watched my students attempt to do the same. This year was no different -- until hearing the teachers' displaced frustrations made me speak out. I needed them to recognize how these scores are not true indicators of what our kids can do. They can do better. All we have to do is teach them why they should do better. The why lies in activating their intrinsic motivation.
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Building Staff Rapport With Flash Lessons

Building Staff Rapport With Flash Lessons | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
A hands-on administrator asks teachers to become students for a class period and, at his prompting, model trust, academic risk taking, and camaraderie.
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When Puzzled Teacher Meets Troubled Kid

When Puzzled Teacher Meets Troubled Kid | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Teachers can be the first to notice troubled kids. Psychotherapist Noah Kempler suggests areas to consider when a student's behavior shifts.
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Collaborative Planning: Integrating Curriculum Across Subjects

Collaborative Planning: Integrating Curriculum Across Subjects | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Hood River Middle School collaborates on projects across subjects to make learning relevant, connected, and engaging.
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Managing vs Leading

Managing vs Leading | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it

The first thing to keep in mind when managing people is that if you're doing it then you're doing it wrong. You're doing it wrong because you shouldn't be doing it at all. People will not and can not be managed.  You manage stuff...

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The end of ‘sink or swim’? Four ways district leaders can help first-year teachers overcome common struggles 

The end of ‘sink or swim’? Four ways district leaders can help first-year teachers overcome common struggles  | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it

Even the best prepared, most promising first-year teachers face a harsh transition from completing credential programs to becoming solely responsible for an entire class of students for the first time. During their first few days in the classroom, they are bombarded with a variety of situations they had not anticipated, and are often caught off guard. 

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Why Educators Need to Promote Themselves

Why Educators Need to Promote Themselves | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Educators often have trouble acknowledging their contributions to good outcomes. Here are some tips for changing that.
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20 Things All Teachers Should Know About Principals

20 Things All Teachers Should Know About Principals | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Many teachers have a limited idea of what their principal does or wants. These 20 facts about principals will help you understand what they want.
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5 Coaching Tips Help Schools Get Organized

5 Coaching Tips Help Schools Get Organized | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Even well-organized leaders can't keep schools running smoothly when team members don't manage busy schedules. Maia Heyck-Merlin recommends a coaching solution.
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Reflecting on the Year's Accomplishments

Reflecting on the Year's Accomplishments | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Before your school community scatters for the summer, reflect on your teaching year through student feedback (face-to-face or anonymous), self-evaluation, parent feedback, and your PLN.
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Improve the Way Your School Uses Email

Improve the Way Your School Uses Email | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Rethinking how we construct emails and how email fits into our school culture can lead to clearer, time-saving communication, says expert Dr. Frank Buck.
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Leading with the Student Voice

Leading with the Student Voice | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it

A few years ago I was forced to look at my leadership differently. I had mastered curriculum review, deployment of initiatives, and leadership oversight, and I knew how to "do school," but I had not heard the student voice about the teaching and learning process in a long time. I don't mean incorporating the student voice in the classroom during instruction—I mean truly trying to see teaching and learning through their eyes. I wondered what their student voice would say.

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8 Ways to Encourage Family Engagement in Secondary Schools

8 Ways to Encourage Family Engagement in Secondary Schools | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
When a school makes the decision to actively engage its diverse community of families, the benefits far outweigh the effort. Check out these eight ways to do it.
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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, May 20, 10:43 AM
Engaging parents helps students achieve higher. These suggestions will help all students by keeping parents engaged until their student graduates from high school. Everybody wins!
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The Importance of Getting to Know Your Students

The Importance of Getting to Know Your Students | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
The other day I asked them, “What do you think teachers need to know? What advice do you think that I could give other teachers about how to improve?” It was an interesting discussion, and I may write about some of those things another time, but eventually, we finished up and moved on with our day. When school finished, one of the girls in my class, approached me once everyone had left and said, “You know, Mr. Schultz, I have been thinking about what you asked us earlier. I think the most important thing teachers need to know is how important it is to get to know their students.”
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When Was the Last Time You Wrote a Positive Note Home to Parents?

Now my perspective could be skewed because I've spent the majority of my career working with groups of 100+ students in middle schools, but it seems like most school communications -- grade reports, weekly phone messages, email and/or blog updates, newsletters describing upcoming functions -- are impersonal, designed to deliver one message to a large group of readers. And most of the direct contact that parents DO receive about their children is negative -- phone calls, emails, or notes written in agendas about missing homework, poor grades, or behavior problems. Stew in that for a second. And then ask yourself one simple question: When was the last time that you wrote a positive note or made a positive phone call or sent a positive email to the parents of a student that you work with?

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Using the Rule of Three for Learning

Using the Rule of Three for Learning | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
The Rule of Three for learning establishes the requirement that students be given the opportunity to learn something at least three times before they are expected to know it and apply it.
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