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February 12, 2016

What I Learned About Great PD At My Weekend Exercise Class

A friend recently invited me to guest pass into her fancy exercise class. Why not, right? And in the middle of my fortieth push up (and concurrent realization I was not as physically strong as I thought I was), I found myself thinking, “I would do…

February 4, 2015

Fire Drills: Safe and Efficient—and Color-Coded!

There are a ton of resources out there on running safe and efficient fire drills, like this great student-friendly rules chart.  And we all know that all teachers should keep on hand a ready-to-go copy of the grab-and-go class roster. But how…

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…

October 22, 2014

Little Things: An Answer to the Forgotten Staff Birthday

I’ve got a teeny, tiny efficiency thing for you today. We focus on Togetherness mostly because it helps you be better at your job and maintain your sanity. But I am also of the firm belief that Togetherness can help you be a better, kinder, more…

May 15, 2014

Teacher Togetherness, Interview Style

Whether you’re straight out of college or graduate school, or shifting to a different district, it’s that time of year again: interview time. A recent conversation with Alexa M., a soon-to-be-principal in Denver, got me thinking about how to…

February 26, 2014

Teacher OFFICES?! You Heard Me Right!

I know. You saw the title of this post and thought it was an oxymoron, right?! Teacher OFFICES?! Yes, you heard me right. And I’m not talking about big desks in classrooms. I am talking about real deal, bona fide offices. I frequently hear from…

August 21, 2013

Tame the Email Beast…As A School

Email. It’s a big deal. It’s slowly drowning us, one little inbox gift at a time. Okay, sorry to sound so morose, but I consistently hear from teachers and leaders that email is a HUGE deal (read: pain). We’ve written before about how…

June 22, 2013

Supporting Teacher Prioritization, Part 2

A few weeks ago, we discussed ways schools can use structural supports to help teachers prioritize. Since writing, one thing has really stuck with me. . . only half the teachers I surveyed ever had  a conversation about prioritization with their…

May 2, 2013

Five Ways Schools Can Help Teachers Prioritize

You have a lot to do. I get it, because I do too. Here’s a little window into my ping-ponging brain to prove it (Enjoy!!): Do I write this blog that’s due tonight? Answer thousands of emails? Prepare dinner for the evening? Vacuum the…

January 3, 2013

A Together School Leader and A Together School!

I recently spent time with the founding teachers of a charter school in Washington, DC. I was struck by the intentionality of the school leader, Mekia L., in setting up systems for Togetherness that will last her school, staff and students for years…