Dusty Self

Dusty Self By Clavis   It’s been years since you thought about. Leafed through it. Pressed the dog-eared ...
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Somebody’s Child

“What would you say to your child, if you saw/ heard her saying/ doing…?” This is one of ...
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C C & C Code #1: Coaching is not what you do, but who you are

In my experience, coaching is not something, if taken seriously, you can explain to someone in an elevator ...
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W-O-R-K!

    Layin' Low Rest n' pause Sleeping long Slow motion Gonna do Shoulda, coulda, woulda done Excuses ...
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Re-visioning for Success

Happy New Year, Colleagues! Remember those lovely vision boards your faculty worked on so diligently at the beginning ...
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Happy Re-New Year!

2017 is almost over. Time for renewal. Time to make room for new stuff in a new year. ...
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Beyond the Fog

“Beyond the fog lies clarity.” --- Anonymous   Early one crisp June morning, while on a short vacation ...
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Read to Them… or NOT!

It’s a trilogy. Voyage to the Bunny Planet by Rosemary Wells. Three tiny books about this little bunny ...
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What Happened to the Dream?

  For purposeful and focused writing and deep, meaningful conversation, consider talking with your students and having them ...
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Happy “YOU” Year!

Resolutions or not, most of us see the New Year as a time for looking back and planning ...
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“Reward” Quick write invitations 1 &2

quick-writes-12 Download and enjoy! Would love to hear how you're using these free tools! Blessings!  
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Thanks, a Million or a Million Ways to Say Thanks. ( Journal Invitation # 1)

It doesn’t matter whether  you’re just feeling thankful or you’re giving thanks, gratitude is one of the most ...
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An Attitude of Gratitude

As the holiday season rolls around, so do the stressors that come with the holidays. Why not alleviate ...
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Anti-Racism Educational Network

I am so proud to be a part of this network of esteemed educators and social activists. Contact ...
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Just Sing!

The easiest way to avoid wrong notes is to never open your mouth and sing. What a mistake ...
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Change… You, AGAIN????

One of my favorite childhood memories is of being on the playground at our elementary school, zipping down ...
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Planning for Engagement

Every single time I've been asked to go into a classroom and "teach" behavior management strategies to teachers, ...
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Reading and Writing for Advocacy

How can reading about activism help us to advocate for ourselves and others in a positive manner? Download ...
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The Three Questions

In Jon J Muth’s picture book entitled The Three Questions, a boy named Nikolai struggles with three important questions: ...
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Lessons from Lusaka

“ What do you want for yourself from this trip to Zambia?” Paulette, my therapist asked me.After a ...
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Three Little Words

Today, I received a Facebook message in the form of one sentence. A question, really. Three little words. ...
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Beyond Writing Prompts

What questions, ideas, conversations would this magazine cover spark? What kinds of connections might your students make? What ...
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Black History Month: Beyond the Biography

We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society. ---Angela Davis As I’ve visited classrooms this ...
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Get Real. Get Authentic.

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to ...
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Teachable Moment: Acceptance

There has been a lot of money spent in our schools  on programs that are supposed to help ...
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Of Pathways and Trampled Lives

This reflection ended up being a poem. It was written in one of my “stuck” moments in which ...
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Consider the Lilies

  For much of my life I’ve been a worrywart. I’ve spent a lot of time looking toward ...
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Let It Shine!

God moments. That’s what I call them. Those moments of which we are made aware of the Divine. ...
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Whatchu talkin’ ’bout, teacher?

Teachers, stop talking! I mean not really. Not entirely. But, seriously, stop talking so much! I am in ...
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Invisibility in Our Schools

Invisibleness. It doesn’t start with manhood or even adulthood. It starts in childhood. When our black and brown ...
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Sacrifice

So you find yourself here again. Stuck in that relationship that you swore you were going to leave ...
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Intentional Teaching Chart

What is it? A reflective tool used to analyze your teaching praxis and to use to guide collegial ...
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Livin’ on Purpose

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.                                                      --- Robert Byrnes   Finding our purpose. Being ...
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Get Outta Your Zone

O.K. You recognize this place. You’ve been here before. You feel like you’re settling. Going nowhere. Sometimes when ...
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Get Into the Zone

In the world of education, we talk about ZPD, the Zone of Proximal Development, a term penned by ...
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Conflict: One of Life’s Teachers

    Conflict. When one thinks of the word, one might imagine battles, arguments, hard conversations. And it ...
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Core Values

­Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not ...
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Finish Strong

This photo was taken at the completion of my last run in the Cooper River Bridge 10K. As ...
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