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Howling for literary arts: How I connected my students to authors

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In 2013, when I started my English teaching career at Deltona High School in Deltona, Florida, it didn’t surprise me that many of my students didn’t like to write. The vast majority of writing done in school—and thus, in students’ lives—is in an academic format such as essays with clear introductions, supporting paragraphs with cited evidence, and summary conclusions.

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How principals can support teacher leaders: Lessons from Glenn O. Swing Elementary School

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Ali Wright used to believe that the best thing for principals to do to support teacher leaders was to get out of their way. Now she thinks differently. In this guest post, Ali takes us behind the scenes at a school where shared leadership is achieving impressive results. 

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John Holland

July 13, 2016

The Novice Advantage: The Joy of Uncertainty

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I didn’t think that at this point in my career I would be entering my classroom as a novice. Next year I will begin my 20th year teaching but my first year as an art teacher. I am ready to take on this challenge, but I have found myself much more comfortable with my uncertainty after reading The Novice Advantage: Fearless Practice for Every Teacher. Some of my comfort comes from realizing that uncertainty is one of the strengths of the novice mindset.

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Marcia Powell

July 6, 2016

What You Want is Not What You Plan

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I drove by the building that housed my dream job today.  
Long ago, as a young girl, age 7, I wanted to work there.
I imagined being part of the change. 
Making decisions that made things better.
And I daydreamed, even then, schools that were different.
And I thought that meant that it was about the leaders.
That was my plan.  Boy, was it a good one.

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Noah Klein

July 5, 2016

I am a popcorn kernel

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I am a popcorn kernel. No really, I am. If you are reading this, so were you once. When a bag of popcorn is put into the microwave, most of the kernels pop. Some do not. With heat, pressure, the right environment, and innumerable additives and chemicals, one kernel feels the impulse to explode. Then, suddenly, more follow in its wake. In a matter of moments, the bag is full of flavorful amazingness.

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