Category Archives: Inspiration

Gifted Students and the $1,000 Question

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There are so many debates swirling around the idea of gifted students. Educators go back and forth on what gifted really means, how to identify and measure giftedness, whether you are born with it or it is developed. Think back … Continue reading

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My Personal Journey to Better Instruction

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By Ricky Mikelman, SDE Educational Consultant Here’s a not-so-secret secret.  I’m not always a great teacher.  And I certainly wasn’t always a great teacher.  It’s been a long and a really interesting journey.  It’s involved two states, five school districts, six … Continue reading

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Weekly Graders Rarely Make History

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By Terra Tarango, President of SDE Short-term teaching can be convenient, predictable, and even rewarding. There’s something safe and secure about delivering content in expected chunks, with the familiar test on Friday. But, you didn’t get into teaching with a goal … Continue reading

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10 Questions for Teachers that Matter

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By Terra Tarango, President of SDE Inspired by Seth’s Blog of ten questions for work that matters, here’s a list of questions tailored just for educators. Answer at your own risk: 1) What would your students miss about you if you … Continue reading

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No More Learning Objectives on the Board

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By Terra Tarango, President of SDE There’s no shortage of advice for teachers out there. The laundry list of strategies to try out in your classroom can run on forever, so rather than add to the list, I’d like to help … Continue reading

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