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Jim Cordery
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Summer Learning
I am embarrassed to admit it has been over 5 months since I last posted on this blog. I have still spent a lot of time reading great ideas from a long list of other bloggers, but fell out of the routine of publishing anything of my own. Well, leave it to #c...

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Competition and Collaboration
Competition is good. Competition is needed. Yes, you can have competition and collaboration at the same time. That is what separates the okay teams from the great ones. I have been an athlete my entire life. In my experience, competition is what pushes athl...

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10 Things I Wish Admin Knew
After reading a post by Rich Czyz from 4 o'clock faculty about 10 Things I Wish Teachers Knew , I started thinking about 10 things that I wish Admin knew. After some thought, here is what I have as my list: 1. If you add something to my plate, please remove...

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Now, I Get It!!
I want to apologize in advance. I do not know how much of this post will discuss education, teaching strategies, project based learning, or my aspirations to one day be a principal. This being said, I would like to use this space to iron out frustrations, s...

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Professional Learning
Professional Learning is something we have all participated in at some point during our educational careers. Unfortunately, it is usually associated with a dreadful experience for anyone who has to attend. Some teachers save their sick time so they do not h...

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Putting the Learning on Them
My math students have been working on creating blogs over the last several weeks. With the help of our computer teacher, we now have all 6th-8th graders with blogger accounts. I have used the last month giving the students weekly activities to work on and p...

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Hitting the Restart Button
I have to get something off my chest. I was not excited about returning this fall. I was not looking forward to starting my 21st year of teaching. I was not looking forward to getting back to the grind of working with students. Pushing them to be better eac...

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Me, An Innovator?
I just finished "The Innovator's Mindset" by George Couros (@gcouros). I am not going to treat this post as a review of the book, maybe that will be at a later date. For now, I really want to focus on one of the discussion questions George posed at the end ...

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Pushing Boundaries
There comes a point in your career when you begin to feel that something needs to change. You begin to slightly resent the mundane things in your routine. You try to challenge yourself to push past this, but you find it hard to let go of that feeling. Why a...
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