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#AussieEd Chat Questions

Here are the questions for the June 19th #AussieEd Chat Introductions Please share your name, location and one thing you believe all Ss need to learn effectively. Question #1 How do students’ basic family and physical circumstances affect their ability to learn?...

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Why the Whole Child Matters

Maslow in the 21st Century Classroom Abraham Maslow was an American psychologist who is probably best known for his hierarchy of needs. The hierarchy is based on his theory that children's psychological health (and ability to succeed as adults) depends on having...

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I Did Something Brave Today

Click HERE or on the Image to See  the NPHC project on the Children's Well-Being Site I did something brave today, and I hope you will consider doing it too. I submitted The Not Perfect Hat Club to the "Children's Well-Being Initiative" being co-sponsored by Ashoka...

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The Science of Kindness

Social-emotional skills are vitally important to the health and well-being of our children, but for decades they've been labelled "soft skills" and all but ignored in most classrooms. This despite the fact that any teachers worth their salt will tell you that how a...

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It’s Too Late to Turn Back Now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thQjk33wHTI I must have listened to twelve-year-old Beau Dermott sing, "I'm through with playing by the rules of someone else's game," a dozen times now, and each time the power of her words and voice take my breath away. In them I hear...

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Delight in Our Differences

Before you do anything else, stop and watch this remarkable video about Ricochet, a canine prodigy bred  and raised to be a therapy dog. Like so many educators, Ricochet's trainer had very specific skills she wanted her pupil to learn. She also had a tried-and-true...

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Able to Leap Tall Buildings!

Becoming a character in a book you've written is a bit like discovering an alter ego. It starts with how you dress and speak, but quickly becomes another way of seeing and being in the world. At this point, I don't just change into Ms. Jenaia's baggy overalls, work...

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Debunking the Myth of Perfection

Below are the questions for the #TXeduchat live Twitter chat on Sunday, June 5, 2016. My goal is to use the chat as a catalyst for an ongoing, collaborative discussion that will fuel positive change in education. To become caring, effective adults, our children can no...

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Pay Your Writers!

“… I’m proud to say that what we do is that we have 13,000 contributors in the UK, bloggers… we don’t pay them, but you know if I was paying someone to write something because I wanted it to get advertising pay, that’s not a real authentic way of presenting copy. So...

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Every Author’s Dream

Every Author's Dream by Jena Ball This Wednesday, September 23rd I had the good fortune to be invited to share my new book, The Not Perfect Hat Club, with the 600+ students at Pine Valley Elementary School in Wilmington, NC plus an additional 15 classes from five...

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