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March 17, 2021
As Teachers, Our Words Matter

Openers and Closers When I was first creating Organized Binder the first aspect that coalesced was the Weekly Lifeline. It became clear to me that my students would be more successful if I provided a clear starting and ending routine that both maximized class time for teaching and learning while giving my students daily practice […]

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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 15, 2021
Don’t just recover learning. Empower future learning.

I received an email this morning that read, “The most current research indicates that staff, family, and student social and emotional wellness; equity in education; and learning/academic recovery should be our highest priorities as we transition back to learning recovery and acceleration (remediate “learning loss”).” I agree wholeheartedly but I would like to embellish this […]

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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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March 13, 2021
Do You Think There Should Be A Noncognitive Budget? I Do!

As an industry we invest a significant amount of funding to facilitate and assess the teaching of content. As teachers, we deliver content and students are tested on how much they know. That is the paradigm, right? As I posed in this article, we know that when students develop noncognitive skills and executive functions they […]

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March 12, 2021
The Education Paradox, 1 Minute = 3 Hours

There is an interesting paradox of time in education. We know that when students develop noncognitive skills and executive functions they more successfully engage with and learn the content we are teaching. Yet, as teachers, we are hired to teach the content of our courses and have very little time for anything else. Or do […]

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March 11, 2021
Heutagogy And What Mo Willems Can Teach Us About Remaking Education

Mitigating Learning Loss I shared in a recent post that Mo Willems, author and artist of children’s classics like “Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus” and “Knuffle Bunny”, is a family favorite. A few days ago while reading “Can I Play Too” with my youngest daughter I was struck by the parallel between the […]

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March 10, 2021
What Mo Willems Can Teach Us About Addressing Learning Loss

My favorite children’s book author and artist is Mo Willems. "Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus", "Knuffle Bunny", "Leonardo, the Terrible Monster", to name a few, are all brilliant. Yesterday, while reading with my youngest daughter, Olive, we picked up “Can I Play Too?”. We have read this book many times but yesterday it […]

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March 9, 2021
What If Schools Were Free To Invest In Student Learning?

Over the years, since founding Organized Binder, Inc., there have been many districts, schools, and/or individuals teachers and professors who wanted to invest in the program but were unable to do so due to budget restraints. Many of them have had the funding but it had to be spent in specific categories. We have worked […]

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March 8, 2021
To Mitigate Learning Loss Look To What Promotes Learning In The First Place

As we slowly begin to reopen schools in full or part-time hybrid schedules mitigating the learning losses that occurred during the pandemic is of top priority. This is a tricky task because for many students there are virtually no gaps in their learning, while others are faced with a massive chasm that may prove to […]

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