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…

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…

Student Voices on Classroom Management

We are super excited about this post! Its content confirms what we have always known, and it comes straight from the mouths of babes! BEFORE When we first entered this fourth grade classroom back in the fall of 2015, we were utterly appalled! The class was unruly, disrespectful, and off task. Although we state it mildly, the classroom…

Fieldtripping

A Reflection from our Chief Executive Officer Dutchess Maye: When I receive an invitation to attend special events, speak for occasions, or interact with students, I am not likely to tell a school for which I consult “no.” Opportunities such as these give me greater insight into what makes great schools, what creates a community of individuals, and…

A School in Action: Creek Clean Up

We are not sure when we have seen such innovative applications of learning in the real world that not only include beautifying the school but actually impacting the community! The work that Lowe’s Grove Magnet Middle STEM School of Technology has been doing makes a normal Project-Based Learning initiative look minimal, but in essence that is exactly…