My Cup Runneth Over

As a principal at the start of the school year, I was always  excited to welcome my staff back and swop stories of our summer adventures. I would plan all summer, knowing that my team and I had created new initiatives, strategies, and structures that would have my staff working smarter not harder and my students…

Mind Your Business

Heard of mindful learning? Want to know what brain-based learning really entails? Need to see a brain-compatible classroom in action? Stroll the halls of Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School in Jacksonville, NC, and when you hit the fourth/fifth grade hall, enter the first classroom on your right. Welcome to Mrs. Christian’s Class!  A huge, blue vinyl…

Easing Teacher Resistance

Let’s face it.  In some way  or another, we all can be a bit resistant to change.  Change is such a monumental feat whole bodies of research are devoted to its study.  The goal of our work is propelling professional growth, and although our approach is to refine and extend teachers’ existing strengths,  we are fully aware that…

When An OG Has Your Back!

There is a gang of OGs in Trenton, NC.  The members come to the school everyday, and their presence in Pre-K through 2nd grade classrooms speaks volumes, often nonverbally.  These Original Grandmas (OGs) use a series of nonverbal cues to communicate expectations. Just a look, a turn of the hand, or a wink of an eye can…

Dream Catcher

A Reflection by eduConsultant Iris Sutton Little did I know, when I entered that Kindergarten class last year that, as usual, I would be the person that learned the most. As a teacher for 30 years, I have come to expect anything. I noticed the tiny faces and one in particular that continuously watched me…

Comfort…More than a Name

REFLECTIONS:  We believe reflection is a critical component of professional growth. Reflecting on the learning happening around us not only provides an insight to improve how we consult with educators but also supplies us the impetus to deepen how we go about the work we do.  After all, if we are not learning from our experiences, we are…

Bearded

Has your school been “bearded”? I met Freeman H. Beard painting an amazing mural on one of the entry hallways at Riverside High School in Durham, NC. You know that feeling when you walk into some schools and see large format paintings encompassing an entire wall, or the lure of huge images that greet you…