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July 29, 2020
Great Reads: Other People's Children

This is another must read! I was fortunate to read this book for the first time in graduate school and have kept it in my rotation ever since. Possibly more than any other book, Other People's Children, from Lisa Delpit, encouraged me to design and implement strategies to make my classroom more predicable, and therefore safer, […]

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July 22, 2020
For School at Home Consider the Environment

What environment makes you feel most comfortable when you're learning? Was it a certain classroom, or a cafe? Perhaps a park? How does that physical space look? What are the sounds, if any? How does it smell? What kind of light fills the room? Ask yourself why it was that you enjoyed the process of […]

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July 16, 2020
The Glue for Distance-Learning and the Bridge Back to School

As our plans for fall begin to take shape there appears to be an emerging trend to keep schools closed in the fall in response to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases. Just this week the school districts in Los Angels, San Diego, and Stockton announced they will remain closed in the fall. For teachers, one […]

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July 1, 2020
Great Reads: Powerful Teaching

Educators, this is a must read! I have always been frustrated by presentations or books focused on research and theory that lack tangible strategies for teaching. It is rare when the two meet.  Well, not any longer. In Powerful Teaching the authors beautifully weave the two into a resource all educators will appreciate. For those of you who use Organized Binder, […]

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July 1, 2020
What's Your Plan?

While on another Zoom call today a colleague in Massachusetts asked a great question, one I had not thought about. It seems all of us in education are waiting on the edge of our collective seat to learn what school will look like in the fall. Some states have announced that schools will be safe […]

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June 25, 2020
Closing the COVID Gap - A Social Justice Commitment

The COVID Gap is disproportionately impacting communities that have been historically underserved. This is not an equity issue alone, this is also a social justice issue. As educators we must rise up and create lessons that are more equitable and accessible! I believe all educators were trying to do what was best for students as […]

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June 12, 2020
It's Time to Get Organized

My hope is that we all take time this summer to reflect upon and learn from our sudden shift to distanced learning this spring. Whether we go back to a traditional schedule, a hybrid of distance learning and in-school learning, or we remain 100% distanced we can learn from these past few months. One thing […]

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June 1, 2020
The Story Behind Cornell Notes

We all know the note taking technique, Cornell Notes. It's fantastic and simple and most importantly, it works. The story behind Cornell Notes is interesting but it can also teach us about how to help students be more successful. Cornell University professor Walter Pauk created the note taking system to help his students, but what […]

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May 18, 2020
Learning is More than a To-do List

It feels great to cross items off our to-do list! However, in a remote or independent learning environment, the school day can devolve into students simply racing through their to-do lists. We would never create a bulleted list of things to accomplish and call it a lesson plan, right? With Organized Binder students can move […]

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May 12, 2020
Free Download: Setting Goals Provides an Academic Bearing

We recently offered our Table of Contents as a free download to help families and students get and STAY organized. We've heard from many of you, and we are thrilled it is helping! We are offering another element of Organized Binder to help your students and/or children get an academic bearing during this strange time. […]

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