See One, Do One, Teach One

“See one, do one, teach one” is a phrase that is believed to have been coined by William Halstead, MD. Dr. Halstead created the first surgical residency-training program in the United States at John Hopkins. The catch phrase is a simple teaching model, but is it effective? I can teach my nine-year-old daughter how to...
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Be an Encouragement!

Whom can you bless today? In our busy lives, we are sometimes able to glean encouragement from something we read. An encouraging word can come from any source, such as this quote: “Today will never come again. Be a blessing. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care.” We can look to the Bible...
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How to Write Anything

During high school, you might have written short responses and essays. Now going into college and in your careers, and even in your daily life as an adult, you will be writing many other genres of writing: emails, lab reports, marketing plans, article reviews… the list is endless. While all of these might have some...
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Joy and Sorrow

Death is Not Distant In recent days, the state of Texas and the nation have come together to grieve the tragic death of Harrison Brown. Harrison was the victim of a random stabbing on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin. As the news spread quickly, and an outpouring of love and support...
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Adapting to a New Culture

Growing up bilingual in New York City, I have always enjoyed listening to languages and learning about culture. My father played the trumpet for Latin American bands, so I grew up believing that everyone spoke at least two languages and played some kind of instrument. Some of the most powerful memories for me are the...
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Becoming a School Principal

You’ve been teaching for many years (or maybe just a few years!), and you are starting to get an itch. This itch isn’t to leave the field of education, but rather, you are starting to feel ready for the next level in school leadership. Teachers are leaders, but the next level of leadership is a challenge...
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10 Tips for Improving Your Writing Process

Start early. This suggestion counters people’s desire to procrastinate, but the earlier you initiate the writing process, the better off you’ll be in terms of preparation, ability to change directions as needed, and minimize stress. Pre-write. Use the journalist questions, free write (writing continuously for a pre-determined amount of time), cluster or map, make lists...
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Dyslexia 101: Basic Facts About Dyslexia

“Highly successful dyslexics nearly always say that their accomplishments and special ways of seeing come from their dyslexia – not in spite of their dyslexia as is often believed.” (West, 2008). I frequently receive calls from parents or family members regarding a concern for someone dear struggling with dyslexia.  Reading does not come easy for all young...
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