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Top Two Parent Engagement Tips: Early and Often

Published on August 09, 2018

You know what the greatest thing in the world is? Calling people you don’t know. That’s everyone’s favorite thing. I know you got into education so you can cold call parents about their kids.

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Top 4 Statistics Pitfalls and One Super Easy Solution

Published on July 18, 2018

In my wanderings from education, to finance, to password protection, I’ve uncovered a few common pitfalls that I have tried (and occasionally failed) to avoid when dealing with statistics. Here is my list of the top 4 mistakes and at the end, there is one super easy way to help you avoid the pitfalls!

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Are Teacher Absences and Student Absences Really So Different?

Published on June 21, 2018

One of the worst days I ever had teaching was when I thought I could teach while suffering from the flu.

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Calling Feels Awkward? Identify Four Common Phone Personas

Published on May 14, 2018

As an educator, making calls to parents is tricky for a number of reasons. Lack of time, difficult documentation processes, and unpleasant subject matter all contribute to why you might feel anxious about completing the task.

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What is the Real Distance of the Teacher Walkout?

Published on April 12, 2018

There was one particular day that I remember walking out to my car after work and realizing that I was taking the longest walk I had taken since I walked from my car to my classroom that morning.

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5 MORE Excel Functions Every Educator Should Know

Published on March 09, 2018

In a previous blog, I walked you through 5 easy excel functions that have the potential to save educators a lot of time and energy.

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When Your Seating Chart Gets the Best of You

Published on December 20, 2017

You may not be obsessive compulsive like I am, but a little organization doesn’t hurt. I find it interesting that there are teachers on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to being organized. As a teacher, administrator and student, I have found that there are basically three kinds.

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Big and Small - Teachers Teach in them All

Published on December 05, 2017

A little while back I was in a very nice high school that served about 1600 students. The next day

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PLC’s - Fad or Fabulous?

Published on November 17, 2017

If you’re an educator, chances are you’ve heard the term PLC or Professional Learning Committee, perhaps even ad nauseam. People use this term for a wide variety of situations in the K12 school system—grade-level teaching teams, subject area teams, or even an entire school district.

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The Educator Pension Problem

Published on November 13, 2017

I’m going to tell you a story. As many of you know, I used to work in finance; the year was 2008 and it was a Monday in September much like any other day.

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