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Stop the Summer Slide!

What do you think of when you think of summer vacation with your kids? Pool parties? Cookouts? Maybe even a trip to the beach? How about losing two months of knowledge? Yes, you read that right. Many children lose the equivalent of two months’ worth of learning over summer break. The phenomena is called Summer…
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Drowning in a Sea of Compliance

Are we all about compliance these days in education? It certainly is feeling that way. Ordinarily, compliance isn’t a bad word to me. I’m fairly organized and am happiest when things are in place and the trains are running on time. But lately, it seems as if doing what’s best for kids has taken a…
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Why do we Read?

If you ask people why they’re reading, what kind of responses would you expect? Typically, you’d hear:  for enjoyment, to learn about a topic, to find out how to do something. In other words, people read for fun, for information and for understanding. If we ask students in school why they’re reading, shouldn’t we expect…
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Thoughts on Snow Days and Teachers

So, it’s January in Northeast Ohio, and it’s supposed to get really cold again this week. Hopefully, not cold enough for another snow day. Oh!  Did I say that out loud? Please don’t tell my kids … they’ll never forgive me. But seriously, that last round of snow days – which took the total number…
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