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August 4, 2021
Happier Students & Banning Phones from Classrooms

Recent studies show that loneliness in young people around the world is on the rise and smartphones together with social media appear to be major culprits. There are some interesting (and surprisingly simple) suggestions about how we can help reverse this trend, and it can be done at school. This excerpt from an opinion piece in the New […]

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April 7, 2021
Family Engagement - The Key To Successful Distance Learning

The more I read and reflect on the impact the pandemic will have on education I am certain that the lynchpin of successful distance learning required authentic and consistent family participation. This, or course, is true in any learning environment, but for distance learning family engagement took on new importance.  Family Support I teach in […]

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March 16, 2021
Helping Students Know What It Looks Like When They Are Ready to Learn

When I started teaching I worked at a Title 1 school that served a diverse student population. Many of my students struggled to engage in their schooling and were plagued with a history of academic failure. I teach high school and by the time students reached my classroom many of them had been turned off […]

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March 14, 2021
Why I Stand At My Classroom Door High-Fiving Students

It is 8am, I am standing outside my classroom door high-fiving students as they arrive at school. For many of my students school is a struggle. I am at the door with a smile on my face every morning, and before every class, to try my best to make them feel welcome. If you were […]

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February 27, 2021
Classroom Anxiety And Putting Students At Ease

“…by making it possible for people to enter the historical process as responsible Subjects (subjects denotes those who know and act, in contrast to objects, which are known or acted upon)…enrolls them in the search for self-affirmation…” Paulo Freire  I am walking to my English class my senior year of high school. The classroom is […]

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February 26, 2021
Do This To Develop Stronger Relationships With Your Students

Recently I was speaking with a teacher who is the lead for a program at her school called 9th Grade Transition. The program seeks to identify the most at-risk incoming 9th graders and support them in their content area classes while also enriching their freshman year with academic skills and strategies. I make a point […]

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February 25, 2021
Unmotivated or Disengaged Students? Try Incorporating Victories That Are Not Linked To Grade Performance

In a recent article I encouraged educators to help their students get grittier about their learning by taking a moment to celebrate their effort. When we do this, we motivate students to lean in and try harder, even (and especially if) they’re struggling. Students get grittier about their education when they’re acknowledged and celebrated within […]

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January 14, 2018
College Students Continue to Achieve

As mentioned in a previous post our collaboration with Sacramento City College continues to grow and expand. Some of those implementing Organized Binder are English instructors in the college's English Composition Accelerated Program in response to AB 705. Students who did not qualify for English 300 (College Composition) take a concurrent support course called English 108. […]

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January 27, 2017
Sacramento City College Expands Pilot to 3,000 Students

We are honored to announce that Sacramento City College has widened their Organized Binder pilot to 3,000 students! In the spring of 2016 a handful of professors piloted Organized Binder at Sacramento City College. These professors were so successful that the college has taken the first step to expose as many students as possible to […]

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March 20, 2016
Students Achieve at a County and Community School

"In order to be a successful student, one needs to see him/herself as a student first. I witness that happen through Organized Binder each day and with each new student who comes to camp." -Abbie Korman Stendahl SCHOOL PROFILE School: County and Community School | Northern California The school and students featured in the March 2016 Newsletter must remain anonymous for […]

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