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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,


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



Posted on: April 23rd, 2014 by Amy Kines No Comments

Welcome to Tools 4 Teaching with Amy Kines! I’m so glad you’ve found us. We’re really excited to be carrying on the work of Dr. Fred Jones and Tools for Teaching. When I first took the Tools for Teaching workshop, I had young children; my older son was in kindergarten and my younger was in preschool. What I found was that I learned as much about parenting as I did about teaching. I found