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How To Reach–And Change–Your Students

How To Reach–And Change–Your Students by Terry Heick Reaching students emotionally may seem like a red herring, but maybe it’s not. Inspired by Justin Tarte’s recent—and excellent–post on making a difference in the lives of others around you, I immediately thought of the legacy teachers leave in the minds (and hearts) of students. If and how […]

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Dear Teachers, Today Is An Opportunity

Dear Teachers, Today Is An Opportunity by TeachThought Staff Here’s a quick thought for you: Today is an opportunity. Today is your chance. Not some day generally or metaphorically. Not in some esoteric sense of vague futureness. Today. Right now.  This moment is empty. Blank. Bursting with opportunity to become something. And don’t forget that as you reach and push […]

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Ep. 32 Learning, Loving And Listening To Our Kids

Ep. 32 Learning, Loving And Listening To Our Kids by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 32 of the TeachThought Podcast! Drew Perkins talks with John Thompson about his new book, A Teacher’s Tale: Learning, Loving and Listening to Our Kids. Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode: A Teacher’s Tale: Learning, Loving […]

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Ep. 25 Education Through The Eyes And Work Of A Libyan Exile

Ep. 25 Education Through The Eyes And Work Of A Libyan Exile  by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 25 of the TeachThought Podcast! Drew Perkins talks with Shahrazad Kablan about her role in the overthrow of the Libyan regime and her efforts to help establish a working education system there. Links & Resources […]

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Ep. 21: Reframing Education By Erasing the Deficit Mindset With Yong Zhao

  Ep. 21: Reframing Education By Erasing the Deficit Mindset With Yong Zhao by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 21 of the TeachThought Podcast! Drew Perkins talks with internationally recognized education thought leader Yong Zhao about reframing education from a standardized and deficit mindset to one that builds on student strengths. Also discussed were two […]

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Volunteering In My Wife’s Classroom Opened My Eyes

Volunteering In My Wife’s Classroom Opened My Eyes by Brent Wooten His wife is a longtime teacher, but commentator Bret Wooten says it was the time he spent volunteering in her classroom that opened his eyes to her world.   The other day my 7-year-old daughter Joslyn triggered a memory when she asked me: “Why […]

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No Student Is Unreachable

No Student Is Unreachable by Jeffrey Benson As an educational elder with a lot of experience working with challenging students, I am often asked to consult to school teams. Recently a dedicated school counselor discussed with me Garrett, an 8th graders, saying, “He’s really depressed, completely shut-down. He does no work. His dad doesn’t follow […]

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Why Teaching Is Still The Best Job In The World

7 Reasons Why Teaching Is Still The Best Job In The World by Paul Moss  Sometimes, good teachers quit. Teaching is an increasingly demanding job with divergent influences, dynamic sources of innovation, and aging dogma that makes it all a struggle. It can be emotionally draining, and at times, impossible. But in lieu of that–and in an […]

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