“The ball is in your court!” The words and phrases spoken to our students by the adults interacting with them can be a predictor of their long-term expressive vocabulary. Although we use less than 4,000 words on a regular basis in everyday conversation, we know about 20,000 words that consist of words we use less often, but articulate specific nuances, as well as topic-specific words that we use in business communication. As teachers, this puts the ball in our court to find ways to expose our st
What do you do when you see your colleagues in the morning? You probably greet them in some way…maybe with hello or good morning. So, it only makes sense to do the same thing with your students as well. Establishing the routine of greeting every student, every day is a great way to engage with students. It may even become your favorite part of the day!
Here are a few reasons you may want to consider starting every day with hello.
On July 17, 2017, the keys to Moore Magnet Elementary School in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School system were handed over to me. I was fulfilling my dream to be a school principal. I have been fortunate over my career to travel to hundreds of schools and help them implement new strategies to increase engagement, rigor, and culture, but this time it was different. It was my school. And it was scary. For those of you in the same boat, or looking to be a school leader, here are my top four ti
Calling all new teachers! I know from experience that the first couple of years in the classroom can be quite challenging. Here are some tips to help you stay in the game, and become great at one of the most important and rewarding jobs you’ll ever have!
I can’t believe that it’s already time to start the school year again. Summer always seems to fly by. This time of year brings both excited and nervous energy, no matter how long I’ve been teaching. Amidst the lesson planning, professional development days, and classroom “decorating”, I always make sure that I plan intentional ways to connect with my students, especially at the beginning of the year.
One of the most powerful things about technology is the ability to give both students and teachers access. This includes access to text, video, and interactive experiences, such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).