Keep the Student in Student Teacher – Education Article

Dear Student Teacher, Congratulations! In a few months, you will begin the part of your college experience that you have likely been waiting for forever – student teaching. I hope that your student teaching experience gives you all the tools you need to be successful as a first-year teacher and that you will enter each day with an open mind and coachable attitude. I hope that your student teaching journey will guide you along the path toward becoming an effective…

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Who Sharpens You? – STORIES FROM SCHOOL AZ – Education Article

As Iron Sharpens Iron, so One person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 Teachers are members of learning communities. Core Proposition 5, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. I have had the privilege of participating in multiple small communities of learning groups. As I reflect on the places I have grown, one common thread runs through all of them: community. In-depth Bible studies District level Music teachers’ PLC Board member for state music educator’s association Arizona Hope Street Teacher Fellowship National Board…

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How do you Learn to be a School Administrator? – Education Article

“The talent squared workplace is possible because gifted bosses and great employees want the same things from a workplace: Freedom from management, mediocrity, and morons; a change; a chance.” – Dale Dauten, Gifted Boss “Connect your brain to your mouth and good things will begin to happen.” – Granville Toogood, The Inspired Executive There have been a number of Stories from AZ School Blogs this year about the importance of school leaders.  The research points to the importance of school leaders…

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The Early Career Framework: A Thumbs-Up – Education Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes Why should we welcome the Early Career Framework (ECF)? I write this blog from the viewpoint of an experienced professional mentor working across all iterations of Initial Teacher Training through to Newly Qualified Teachers and beyond. The ECF is the single most important document to be produced in this area over the duration of my career. The advances in evidence-based education and the use of research by teachers (pioneered through Research Schools) with high-quality CPD has further…

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The Freshest Apples: Teacher Terms Matter – Education Article

Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words…well, I think that words can hurt a lot. In a teaching climate with an ongoing teacher shortage and massive teacher attrition, I think we need to choose our words very carefully. A few weeks ago, I heard someone talking about a teacher they are hiring for next year. They called the person a “baby teacher.”  Baby teacher? What the heck does that mean? I briefly considered a sarcastic comment about getting…

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