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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


Embrace the Snow!

Posted on: February 1st, 2019 by Amy Kines No Comments

“Hey, it’s snowing!” From the moment that first flake falls from the sky, even the most perfectly planned lesson may be lost to the masses, because after all, it’s snowing! To those who live in a warmer climate, imagine instead a bee or a fly buzzing around the room.  The effect is similar to snow falling outside the window; attention becomes hard to maintain. There are two