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National Bullying Prevention Month

October has been designated as National Bullying Prevention Month. What does it say about society that we have a month designated to raise awareness about something as basic as human kindness? I realize that I can’t change the cruelties in this world. No matter how hard I try, I won’t be able to prevent murder,…
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Bulletin Boards with CALF Appeal

Many teachers use bulletin boards to decorate the classroom, to define classroom goals and policies, or to showcase student work, but bulletin boards can also be interactive teaching tools. Acting as “another teacher” in the classroom, bulletin boards that change periodically can reflect and complement new lessons, help visual learners better understand new material, reinforce…
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To Be Extraordinary

Etymology, the study of word origins, can be an interesting topic.  Take the word extraordinary, which derives from the Latin extraordinarius, for example.  The prefix extra means "out," and when combined with ordinem, "row, rank, series, or arrangement," the word extraordinary essentially means "out of the common order" or “outside the perimeter of the norm.”  This word…
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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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