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January 20th, 2017

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Having Fun, Dreaming Big, Always Learning.: If We're Going to Have Homework, Let's Do It Better. Homework has always been a controversial subject for teachers and parents, and there are all sorts of opinions: We have parents that want more homework, parents that want less homework, and parents that think that the more homework that is given the more rigorous a class must be.

Having Fun, Dreaming Big, Always Learning.: If We're Going to Have Homework, Let's Do It Better

This past year our staff looked at best researched-based homework practices for students. Many parents noticed that in the 2015-2016 school year there seemed to be less homework at our school. There was no mandate from me to have less homework. As a staff we had great discussions around homework and what we could all agree on for every teacher in TK-5th grade. Instead of a mandate on less homework, as a staff, we came up with the common agreements around homework. A lawyer rewrote Instagram’s terms of use ‘in plain English’ so kids would know their privacy rights. An Instagram employee takes a video using Instagram’s new video function at Facebook’s corporate headquarters during a media event in Menlo Park, Calif.

A lawyer rewrote Instagram’s terms of use ‘in plain English’ so kids would know their privacy rights

(Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) It’s no secret that teenagers love social media. 5 Powerful Ways to Save Time as a Teacher. Lack of time is a huge problem for teachers everywhere.

5 Powerful Ways to Save Time as a Teacher

There’s just never enough time for teachers to do their work well AND have a healthy, balanced life outside the classroom. For as long as I have been working to serve teachers and help you do your work better, time was always the one problem I couldn’t solve. How to Make IEP Meetings More Effective. The law requires that students classified as special education have an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

How to Make IEP Meetings More Effective

Everything must be documented, and the responsibility for providing special education services specified in the IEP is in the hands of the school staff. Each child who has an IEP also has an IEP team. The team includes the child and his or her parents, the child’s teachers, a counselor, an administrator, and a special education coordinator or teacher. I recently attended an IEP team meeting for a student at the high school where I teach Spanish. Reflecting on Yourself as a Leader. It took me a long, long time to accept the notion that as a teacher, I was also a leader; that as a department chair, I was also a leader; and that as a coach, I was also a leader.

Reflecting on Yourself as a Leader

This was because I was operating within traditional definitions of leadership: I didn't have a formal leadership title -- like principal -- nor did I have any kind of certificate or degree granting me the role and responsibilities. But I was a leader -- for my students and for my colleagues -- because leadership has much more to do with how we think about what we do and why than it does about formal titles and degrees.