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Plan B

Posted on: February 18th, 2019 by Amy Kines No Comments

“YES! I’m going to DO that!” How often have we thought that or authentically planned to implement something we learned?  With the best of intentions, sometimes we leave a course, or workshop, or training filled with excitement and a commitment to make a change in our practice.  And then…. life hits us.  We are bombarded with reality.  Kids, family obligations, meetings,


Conversation Hearts, Questions, and Feedback

Posted on: February 12th, 2019 by Amy Kines No Comments

We’re starting to see those sugary Valentine’s Day conversation hearts, asking the recipient to “Be Mine” or just saying a simple “You Rock” – questions and feedback to brighten one’s day.  In the spirit of those clever conversation hearts, I invite you to think about the questions you ask in the classroom (and the questions teachers in your schools ask) – and the feedback you


50 Yard Line for New Teachers – Help to the End Zone!

Posted on: January 20th, 2019 by Amy Kines No Comments

We’re about half way through the school year. For seasoned educators, many know the ebb and flow of the year, the “feel” of the various months, the possibilities of what a snow day might mean. But for new teachers, getting to the half way point, the 50 yard line, might seem overwhelming!  “I’m only half way!” might be the audio running through their head. To help


Off to the Right Start

Posted on: September 18th, 2016 by Amy Kines No Comments

As I’ve been traveling around to various school districts, I’ve been asking teachers to tell me what’s working.   At both the elementary and secondary level, what I’ve heard most often is “routines.” Starting the year off with clear routines in place can make all the difference in the world.  Amanda Manoel, first grade teacher at Fallsmead Elementary School in


Reflecting on 2015

Posted on: December 29th, 2015 by Amy Kines No Comments

I always love the end of a year and a new beginning.  (Maybe it’s because I have a January birthday!)  It’s important to take a few minutes to reflect on the year that’s closing, as well as planning the year to come. In thinking about your life as a teacher, what are you proud of this year?  What successes did you see?  In which children did you see a spark?  Sometimes in the


Almost There!

Posted on: June 4th, 2015 by Amy Kines No Comments

Where has the time gone?  Many of you are in the final weeks of your school year.  Congratulations!!!  As you close out the year, take some time to reflect; on things that went well and on things that didn’t go ‘as planned.’  What would you do differently next time?  This can be a really powerful time of year and an important opportunity for us to make notes to remember.  


Consistency…. kind of…

Posted on: July 5th, 2014 by Amy Kines No Comments

How consistent are you?  Very consistent?  Kind of consistent?  Almost always consistent? There really are only two choices; consistent or inconsistent!  There is no middle ground.  If I’m not consistent 100% of the time, then I’m inconsistent.   And students will read us like a book, won’t they?  They know who is consistent, and who will “crack” if they keep at


Routines Now More Than Ever

Posted on: May 13th, 2014 by Amy Kines No Comments

Are your students more and more distracted as the weather warms? This last month of school can be difficult, but let routines ease your classroom life. Ask yourself, what am I nagging students about? What do I wish they would just DO? It might be copying homework into their agenda books, getting into groups for a cooperative activity, or even just getting unpacked in the morning or transitioning to