PLN Blogging Challenge

11 Random Facts 1. I once got two speeding tickets in one hour. 2. I have seen Milli Vanilli perform live. 3. I majored in Philosophy from Furman University 4. My favorite kids movie is Imagine That with Eddie Murphy. 5. My wife is a 4th grade teacher. 6. Pat Conroy is my favorite author.…

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Just Listen

There is a big difference between hearing and listening.  Hearing simply requires us to allow the sound to go into our ears. Listening on the other hand, requires us to think about and reflect on what he have heard. In education listening can be difficult because we are often thinking of many things at once.…

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They’re Not Broken, Just Bent

                                                                 The title of this post is partially stolen from a Pink song that is up for a Grammy Award this year. In this case I am referring to the students that we get to see each and every day. Many of them are unfortunately bent before they even reach our door each morning. They…

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My Daughter, My Hero

Every year around this time kids perform in their holiday concert. For many schools it is the most well attended event of the year. In years past, my daughter has joined her classmates in singing two or three seasonal songs. This year was different though. This year my daughter had a few speaking parts while…

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4 Tips For A Great Parent Meeting

  A meeting with an angry parent can often be the determining factor in a student’s success. If you have the full support of a student’s parent and are able to build a strong partnership then anything is possible. On the other hand, if you have a bad relationship with a parent the success of the student can jeopardized.…

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Blonde Hair and Blue Eyes

I couldn’t help but wonder what my African-American neighbors and community members must have thought the other day when they saw me with my family in Walmart the day after the verdict. You see I was simply talking my middle class family of four to the store for our weekly grocery run. We drove up in…

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Keep Them On The Phone

Tomorrow is parent conference day in my county and I can’t help but be reminded of some advice given by Seth Godin two years ago at the Chik-fil-a Leadercast. He discussed the importance of keeping his customers on the line as long as possible and suggested that educators try the same philosophy with parents.  Seth believed…

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