What are the four major learning theories, what is the role they play in education today, and how does it all connect with Leader in Me? Let’s dig in! Behaviorist Theory What is it? Behaviorist Theory utilizes key ideas from the work of B.F. Skinner, who theorized that learning occurs through a series of rewards
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March 13, 2020 Remember that day, March 13th? That was the last time we had students in our classrooms at school. It was a Friday, and we had just found out less than 24 hours before that we would not be returning to school for at least six weeks – maybe more. Personally, I had
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“How many of us were already in crisis mode before we were told to close schools, cancel high school and collegiate sporting events, proms, graduation ceremonies, shut down all professional sports, and even close Disney World?” Our choices (and the change that flows from those choices) define the very nature of our success in life
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On February 25, 2018, I sat in the waiting room at the local emergency room, telling the nurse that I was quite certain I broke my arm as a result of the car wreck I just experienced. I proactively called my insurance company setting up my rental car, so I could report to Martin Petitjean
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Creating lifelong readers is a common goal of educators for their students. But how can educators help ensure not only a student’s success in reading but also a student’s love for reading? Two summers ago, I was inspired by the most invigorating professional development I had ever attended–nErDcamp Michigan. As all effective PDs should, nErDcamp led
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Accountable means being responsible and answerable for an action. When it comes time to set goals and expectations, accountable is the word one looks for when it comes time for results; meaning, who is accountable for the results? Writing While Being Accountable When it comes to writing, being accountable is just as important
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How principals unlock engagement is a combination of actions. For a variety of reasons, teacher engagement is at the lowest levels we’ve seen since the late 1980s. Low staff engagement leader to higher levels of absenteeism and lower levels of student engagement. Getting staff engagement right really matters. Staff volunteer their best efforts when they
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Themed Project-Based Learning Approach (TPBLA) is a program I created seven years ago to teach my developing readers. This educational approach provides my students with access to the curriculum and their IEP/MTSS goals in an authentic, fun, and unique manner. As an elementary resource room teacher, I believe that my mission is to motivate, engage,
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Teaching empathy and kindness to students can start with a solid foundation of examples. Books provide a great beginning platform for students to learn what empathy and kindness mean. As our understanding of social-emotional learning grows, so must our teachings. There are countless children’s books that offer beautiful lessons about friendship, acceptance, kindness, and compassion. Here
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Children’s books that display leadership are plentiful. Children’s books have always been a cornerstone of learning not only context, grammar, and symbolism, but also of learning qualities of people. That’s what makes children’s books fundamental in teaching students leadership. Leaders are a fundamental part of any functioning society: whether it’s helping a team score the
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I Campaigned for Ice Cream: A Boy’s Quest for Ice Cream Trucks is more than just a story; it’s an example of advocating for change. When we feel something is unjust, we often just scream and voice our feelings, but making true change takes more than that; it takes persistence, perseverance, and a plan. Back in
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Cyberbullying behavior can be found in many schools and has reached epidemic levels as technology continues to encompass more and more aspects of our lives. According to the Pew Research Center, a September 2018 study found that 59% of US teens have been a victim of harassment online. The study also found that 90% of
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If you want small changes, work on your behavior; if you want quantum-leap changes, work on your paradigms. – Stephen R. Covey