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The Value in Failure

For too long, educators have been known as graders and judges, but they are also nurturers and igniters.  Teachers comfortable in those encouraging roles have also likely grown comfortable with the idea of failure as part of the achievement cycle.  Because making mistakes is an inevitable part of learning a new skill, such errors should…
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Writing Under the Influence of Inquiry

Idea #7 This is the final installment of a seven-part series of ideas intended to nurture critical, creative, and curious thinking while also supporting composition development.  With these ideas, writers of all ages can develop understandings about texts and their characteristics, the writing process, and what it means to be a writer.  Combine parts of…
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Writing Under the Influence of Inquiry

Idea #6 This is part six in a seven-part series of ideas intended to nurture critical, creative, and curious thinking while also supporting composition development.  With these ideas, writers of all ages can develop understandings about texts and their characteristics, the writing process, and what it means to be a writer.  Whatever you and your…
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Treasure Maps for 2018

We often consider a new year as a time for fresh starts, for change, for rejuvenation.  But statistics suggest that 92% of New Year’s resolutions fizzle out by January 15 unless they are written down (Goalband)!  According to other research (Mace 1935, Matthews 2015), setting goals and writing them down are the first steps in…
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