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Guest posts by expert educators

Make This Summer One to Remember

What will you say you did this summer? You have enough time to make a major advancement in some area of your life, writes organizational expert Frank Buck, but you need to plan now. Whether it’s daring adventure or professional growth, here’s how to motivate yourself.

Making Your Learning Walks More Meaningful

Consultant Suzy Pepper Rollins loves dogs and ponies, but she’s not eager to see them in the classroom. Here she shares tips that will help principals, coaches and others who do “Learning Walks” set the stage for authentic observations of student and teacher work.

Four Myths about Rigor in the Classroom

Rigor is more than what you teach. It’s how you teach and how students show you they understand. After dispelling widely held myths about rigor in the classroom, author Barbara Blackburn describes a standards-friendly environment that supports rigorous learning and student success.

Maximize the Power of the Middle School Brain

Middle school behavior has more to do with neurotransmitters than hormones, says veteran teacher and consultant Thomas Armstrong. His strategies will help educators reach adolescents through both their “emotional brain’’ and the still undeveloped ‘’rational brain.’’

Teaching Students to Set a Purpose for Reading

Many students over-annotate text to the point where they are noticing everything but not determining what’s MOST important. Literacy expert Sarah Tantillo shares tested strategies to help students detect “the purpose of reading,” including her What’s Important Organizer.

5 Ways to Strengthen Student Resilience

Resilience is the ability to effectively handle pressure and to overcome failure. It’s a characteristic that many of our struggling students do not bring to the classroom, yet it is one that we can teach. Barbara Blackburn shares five strategies that can help.

Seasonal Teacher Fatigue: Regroup & Recharge!

When spring fever rises and summer still seems far away, newbie and veteran teachers alike may feel they’re losing their focus and their students are drifting. Check out Elyse Scott’s five regrouping and re-energizing strategies and “do what’s right for the kids.”