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Adam Dovico
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Inside the Trenches: Being a Principal - Week 1
July 17, 2017, 12:30PM Ms. Smith, the outgoing principal at Moore Magnet puts the master key into my hand and heads out the door. And I stood there for a second, frozen. I was officially principal. I had dreamed of that moment for a long time, and wondered ...

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Rethinking Morning Work
The days of being an elementary school student, walking into class in the morning, completing a worksheet silently, and pulling out a book to read when you're done are over. Wait. No they're not. This age old practice continues in classrooms across the coun...

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17 for '17
For the past two years ( 2015 & 2016 ), I have created teacher "bucket lists" that offer challenges for you to try out in the New Year! Sticking with tradition, may I present to you the 17 for '17: 1) Give a "High-Five": We spend time each day uplifting and...

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Dear Black Friends,
I'm sorry this has happened again. For the second time in two days, and for the umpteenth time over the past few years, we have witnessed (and in the most recent cases watched live) the senseless shooting of innocent Black men. I'm sorry that as I go throug...

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What is "College Readiness"?
Embedded into our society and schools today is an expectation to prepare students for "college and career." It can be seen in the standards that are taught and in the legislation that is passed. For a long time, the concept was an abstract one for me person...

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5-minute PDs
Professional Developments can be tiring - for the presenter and the audience member! In the rapid, time-is-of-the-essence society we live in now, we need to rethink how we are distributing and acquiring information. For my final assignment for my Wake Fores...

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Can We Go Outside? Lessons for Your "Natural" Classroom
The weather is warming up, the children (and teachers) are getting antsy for summer break, and you hear the request "Let's have class outside!" Early in my teaching career, I would have brought outside what we were doing in the classroom and we would read a...

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The (White) Elephant in the Room
When comparing elementary, middle, and high schools against one another, typically our high schools come out as the most socioeconomically and racially diverse. In general, they are the largest of the three levels of schooling, include a number of diverse c...

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Beyond the 15 Second Video You Watched 10 Times
There is a good chance that within the past 72 hours you have seen or heard about Ron Clark and a handful of the Ron Clark Academy students breaking the internet with their #DoItLikeMeChallenge dance. It's been covered by CNN , People Magazine , CBS Nightly...

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16 for '16
Last year I wrote a "bucket list" (which seemed to be a theme in 2015) at the start of the year with ideas for your classroom called "15 for '15" Continuing with the theme, I present to you a new version for 2016, "16 for '16": 1) Create a Periscope account...
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