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May 2015 Blog Posts (14)

The fast track to inspirational school leadership

Who wouldn't want to be a ‘inspirational’ school leader?

It’s an overused and highly coveted adjective when it comes to describing great leaders; leaders who have a positive impact on peoples lives.

How do they do it? Everybody wants to know, and every…

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Added by Joyce Matthews on May 31, 2015 at 1:50am — No Comments

The one superpower every great school leader has



“The bottom line is this: if you want to engage your employees at a whole new level, if you want to become a person of greater influence, and if you want to discover a new kind of power —…

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Added by Joyce Matthews on May 30, 2015 at 7:24am — No Comments

How to Select the Name That Suits Your Little Angel

Choosing your baby’s name can be a very tough experience. A name is a person’s identity and this name helps define the person. . Sometimes it’s easy. Usually, it’s not. Some a lot of discussion and research are required. There’s so much to consider, but the most important thing to remember is to love the name. There are some tips to help you make the right decision.

1. Research the Meaning

2. Write Down the Name

3. Say It Aloud

4. Check the…

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Added by Dorothy Hastings on May 27, 2015 at 3:10am — 1 Comment

Lessons from the locker room

I've learned two things since I've joined the gym.

One-I thought you just had to join a gym. Nope, you have to keep going to the gym. Over and over.

Two-you can't rest when you reach a milestone, you always have to try something harder.

When I first walked in, I was pretty overwhelmed. There's lots of complicated machines and scary equipment. Everyone there looks like they know…
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Added by Eileen Lennon on May 26, 2015 at 2:17pm — 2 Comments

10 online resources to make essay writing process both easier and more productive

The Internet has given us an access to thousands of online resources, including a great variety of educational ones. Owing to this both students and educators can get more helpful information and achieve greater results in a short period of time. The following article intends to feature 10…

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Added by Julie Petersen on May 25, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

5 Top Digital Teaching Tools for Educators

Technology runs almost every area of our lives in various forms. We embrace technology not only at home, at work but even in schools. Incorporating new technologies into the classroom is the latest trend in this digital age. Thus, many educators have evolved their practice and now using new teaching…

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Added by Gemma Gaten on May 21, 2015 at 6:57pm — 2 Comments

Keys to Change Leadership

Leading change to help school practitioners embrace not only technology in teaching but in assessment, grading, and outcomes can be a challenge. Systemic, meaningful change from an environment of rote learning to the collaborative nature in a 1:1 environment can be met with resistance. With his experience as an implementation change agent, Dr. Dillon served as coach, mentor and guide for school leaders and School Improvement Teams embarking on this change.



As the…

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Added by Mitch Weisburgh on May 20, 2015 at 10:04pm — No Comments

I thought I'd eventually be out of a job.

I ask a student to attach a file to an email and I get a blank stare.

I tell the class to open a new tab so they have two websites open at the same time and I have to show them how to do that a few times.

I assume that since they are growing up with technology they naturally know how to use it, but I am shown on a daily basis that this is not the case. They know how to get to their game website and play till their…
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Added by Eileen Lennon on May 20, 2015 at 8:47am — No Comments

Stop failing the next generation of leaders

“75% of Leadership Development programs are not very effective”

That means 3 out of 4 leadership programmes don’t provide leaders with the skills…

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Added by Joyce Matthews on May 19, 2015 at 10:15am — 3 Comments

Memorial Day Activities for Your Kids

Memorial Day is a national holiday reserved for honoring and remembering those who have served in the armed forces, especially those who have lost their lives while in the military and defending the United States.



This is also an opportunity to teach your kids about Memorial Day through patriotic themed activities. Here are four you can try on Memorial Day or even leading up to the holiday to teach them about the…

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Added by Dorothy Hastings on May 18, 2015 at 3:00am — No Comments

Top 12 Study Tips For College Midterms and Final Exams!

Even though you might have been a very good student in your high school, chances are that the strategies you might have adopted earlier, will fail during your college days, because the college exams are different game altogether. This is because; the college exams are highly competitive in nature,…

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Added by Jim Marshall on May 9, 2015 at 10:17pm — No Comments

5 Preschool Activities to Make Your Mom Feel Special

Celebrating Mother's Day is an exciting time for a small child. Children are always looking for ways to let their mother know just how much they love her. The following five ideas are ideal for pre-schools and day care facilities who want to help the little ones show their appreciation to their mother for all that she does for them.

Let your children celebrate this Mother's Day. Check on ideas to make your mom happy this day.…

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Added by Dorothy Hastings on May 7, 2015 at 8:17am — 1 Comment

App Smashing For Educators: Leveraging Tools To Maximize Communication

Parent-teacher communication has always been a cornerstone for success in education.

For decades, schools have attempted to build and maintain this crucial bridge to lasting learning. …

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Added by Lee Araoz on May 4, 2015 at 8:04pm — No Comments

Don't hold back your blog

“If you are trying to decide among a few people to fill a position hire the best writer. It doesn't matter if the person is marketer, salesperson, designer, programmer, or whatever, their writing skills will pay off. That's because being a good writer is about more than writing clear writing. Clear writing is a sign of clear thinking. Great writers know how to communicate. They make things easy to understand. They can put themselves in someone else's shoes. They know what to omit. And those…

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Added by Joyce Matthews on May 1, 2015 at 3:30am — No Comments

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