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“Successful Opportunities for all students”

By Teacherho | Apr 16, 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sttyTSb6cKQ I was born into this world and I would assume that even before coming out of my mother’s womb that I was already absorbing sounds, noises, and sensations about this world. Most humans are thirsty for knowledge, ready to absorb what is happening around them, as with most sentient beings.  Our brains were wired […]

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Is it FREE?

By triciahyun | Apr 14, 2018

I sat next to a new teacher at the #CTAR4 Conference, and as she listened to Dick Gale and Anita Benitas talk about Think Tanks, Grants and The Ovation Toolkit, her question was, “Is all of this for free?” So many teachers are curious, inquisitive and caring — they want to know what they can […]

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Region IV Think Tank Conference

By triciahyun | Apr 14, 2018

At the end of the Region IV Think Tank Leadership Conference, a few “Big Ideas” surfaced! With member engagement as a primary focus, think tank members talked about how they can continue to engage members. Some “Big Ideas” included TED Talks, HUB posts and a Strength-Based Committee Chairperson at every local chapter. Each Region IV […]

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Tune-In and Turn-On: Strength-Based Teacher Driven Change

By IFT | Apr 13, 2018

Let’s move from theory to practice.  Tune-In and Turn-On to what’s great about teaching and public education.  Watch and listen to CTA IFT Think Tank members discuss key member engagement issues facing teachers, public education, and students.  Discussion topics include: (1) Millennials, (2) Think Tank Projects, (3) Seven Factors Driving a Culture of Success, (4) Technology, (5) Think Tanks as […]

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Strengths at Report Card Time

By Camie | Mar 25, 2018

Report Cards!  That proverbial time when we reflect on the weakness of our students, sharing summative data that many times is not even appropriate for the ELL or cognitive level of the student.  Is there a better way?  This year I decided to focus on strengths instead of weakness.  I still had to fill out […]

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Student School Walkouts and Teaching and Learning

By IFT | Mar 18, 2018

Recent student school walkouts have major implications for the teaching and learning process.  The post and comments below provide a context for this discussion.  Most important is that teachers drive the discussion and get ahead of bureaucrats and politicians.   Comment and Post your thoughts below.  DESPITE THE SKEPTICS, A CHAMPION OF DIRECT INSTRUCTION Guest Post:  […]

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A Proposal: A Strength-Based Teaching Credential

By IFT | Mar 18, 2018

What would a Strengths-Based Teacher Driven Change Teaching Credential look like?  What would it involve?   How would our values and beliefs about student success change?  How would a Strengths-Based Teacher Driven Change credential program change the process of assessing, teaching, and designing experiential learning activities?  How would we help students identify and transform their greatest talents into strengths?  What […]

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Results Oriented

By triciahyun | Feb 26, 2018

Results-Oriented When teachers see the 2 words, results-oriented, generally, they have a few questions, especially teachers who taught during the era of high stakes testing. Teachers often wonder what or how a results-oriented classroom can lead to a culture of success. In a strength-based classroom, results-oriented does not mean that we, as teachers, are going […]

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Schoolwide Relations

By triciahyun | Feb 26, 2018

Schoolwide Relations When our schoolwide community puts the absolute greatest value on children, our public schools can soar. Some educators no longer like to use the word “stakeholders” to describe the schoolwide community. When an educator hears the word, “stakeholder,” they might hear something negative, and they might hear undertones or overtones that involve profit. […]

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