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December 19, 2014

See You in 2015!

Friends, we are taking a two-week hiatus between now and January 5th to drink hot chocolate, go ice skating, see family, eat bagels and have four different holiday celebrations across three geographies. But if you miss me, you can always get your…

December 17, 2014

An Alternative to Beast Mode: The Pleasant Door Sign

My latest read is How Google Works. It’s a book full of awesome nuggets on productivity and hiring and holding on to good people. While the authors are proponents of collaborative and open workspace, they also acknowledge that every now and again,…

December 9, 2014

The 2014 Together Teacher Great Gifts Guide

OK, people, it’s that time again. This winter, how are you thanking a teacher in YOUR life? The Together Group has assembled a Great Gifts for Teachers List. Whether you’re a parent giving to your kid’s teacher, a teacher looking to shower…

December 5, 2014

Checklists #4: Breaking Down a Big, Big Thing

Welcome to the fourth installation of our Checklist Series. So far, we’ve written about standard operating procedures, field trips, and managing student data and stuff. For our next post, we welcome back fave guest-blogger Shelby, who’s…

December 4, 2014

Revisited: International Binder Week

Yep, it’s true: I’ve written before about International Binder Week. But I’m so into student and classroom organization that I can’t resist sharing some highlights from this year’s 2014 Binder Week at Harriet Tubman Charter School (part…

November 25, 2014

Stevie Wonder and Strategic Multi-Tasking

I had a good weekend. Contrary to what you may believe, on the weekends, I have a strong aversion to lots of schedules, timelines, and plans. But like any person, I do have things I need to get done – both regular chores like boring errands as…

November 22, 2014

Checklists #3: Student Mastery and Student Stuff

Hey wait, did I forget to finish this series?! Yikes! Summer trainings got the best of me. I should have a checklist for my checklists. I would probably live my life in a checklist if I could. Just kidding! Sort of… In our Power of the…

November 20, 2014

Sharon’s Space Transformation

This summer in California’s Bay Area, I met Sharon, an incredible school leader. Her meeting agendas are amazing (more on that later!), she’s all about instruction, and she has a wicked sense of humor. Sharon, however, was plagued by one…

November 12, 2014

Meet Justin: The Together Farmer!

I’m smiling as I write this week’s post. I met Justin a few months ago down at IDEA Public Schools in the Rio Grande Valley. I could tell he wasn’t a classroom teacher when I peered over his shoulder at his calendar—and then I got REALLY…

November 6, 2014

Meghan’s Portable File Box

Meet Meghan, another mobile educator! Meghan is an instructional coach at the early elementary level in Washington, DC. She teaches small groups, coaches teachers, and handles all kinds of other duties as needed. One of the toughest transitions…