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68 Bits Of Unsolicited Advice – lots of different thoughts on this list

4 Ways To Craft Choice Menus In Distance Learning Classes – some good examples of types of menus; continuum of more teacher directed to student directed

How Leaders Can Prepare For The New Normal – who are your “opportunity scouts’?

Mental Well Being For Leaders and Managers – a good list of reminders

Harnessing Interest In Middle School Students: Learning At Home – KVR Middle in Penticton BC put this together – like the weekly challenges

7 Classic Children’s Books That Teach Kids Mindfulness – will have to find these

The American Time Use Survey is “Poetry, In Data” – stories from graphs; “which graph is most poetic and why?” – great student question

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The Importance and Impacts of Greetings In Virtual Hallways – some good things to think about and I like the meme check in

Empowering Students In Distance Learning Environments – consider equity, be patient and good suggestions at the end

Beyond Zoom: 3 Tips for Managing Employees Online During COVID-19 – empathy, clarity, reduce anxiety

Giving Meaningful Feedback To Kids Who Get Everything Right – “Feedback is the beginning of a reflective conversation.”

4 Ingredients For Human Well-Being – move, nourish, connect, be

20 Questions To Ask Instead of “How Are You Doing Right Now?” – building connections is important – 11 to help build connection and 9 to take the conversation a deeper

Like the message in this video, how will we make connections in our new reality.

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The Ultimate Guide To Choice Boards and Learning Menus – some good things to consider if you want to choose choice boards. Nice examples of tic-tac-toe boards and a couple of other formats

Lessons from the NFL: Virtual Hiring, Leadership, Building Teams and COVID-19 – always enjoy the stats comparisons of these types of articles. The 4 take aways at the end were good – how would that link to education and schools?

Six Ways To Teach Poetry – love all the strategies and examples (from elementary to secondary) mentioned.

9 Actionable Ways To Lead With Transparency In Uncertain Times – good strategies here – article linked to uncertainty with COVID-19 but also good points when dealing with other change situations (ie budget)

Each Map Is Worth A Thousand Pictures – cool maps on a variety of topics that provide visual comparison

Why We Focus On Trivial Things: The Bikeshed Effect – interesting read and reflecting on how it relates to leading a school and what we talk about. Never heard of the term “bikeshed effect” before

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How To Best Support Remote Employees – some good things to think about and examples of reframed check-in questions

10 Guidelines For Creating Opportunities In A Time of Crisis – some reflective and action items to think about. While based more on business, how would these guidelines translate to education.

7 Tips For Parents Supporting Remote Learning – a good infographic

On Predicting The Future – “We do it all the time, …, we’re terrible at it.”

Tips For Teaching “Live Lessons” During the Coronavirus – some good pointers from the author (who had 92 students! in a live lesson)

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Don’t Let Remote Leadership Bring Out The Worst In You – some good points to consider on how to support your team and a format for weekly or bi-weekly one-to-one check ins

Early Season Fly Strategies – a quick article by Phil Rowley – didn’t realize the boatmen option right after ice off

Stillwater Fly Fishing Ice Out Tactics – good pointers from Brian Chan

Four Core Priorities For Trauma-Informed Distance Learning – “trauma is a lens not a label”

40 Free and Fun Things To Do At Home – an interesting list of a mix of things to do at home during the pandemic

Health And Wellness Choice Boards For Teachers and Students – like the idea of choice boards – the teacher one is about teacher wellness

Novel Hyperdocs: 25 Ready To Use Templates With Your Class – I like the idea of a hyperdoc (google doc or google slide with embedded links and activities). Novel hyperdocs shared are below

11 Practical Tips For Work/Life Balance When Teaching From Home – some good things to consider in our emergency remote teaching situation

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The Dairy Farmer’s Path To Success – reminds me of my grandpa and my cousin as they worked on their dairy farms – 5 things to think about when planning and being preventative

12 Ways To Connect With Kids and Prioritize Relationships While Teaching Remotely – some good ideas here, some for staff support and relationships and some for kid support

Sidewalk Chalk Meets Math Game, Part 2: Testing the Limits – another math game that can be played outside or on paper

10 Picture Books to Change Your Reading Life – a good list of books

This Is Not Online Or Distance Learning – some interesting things to think about and a new name for our currently learning and teaching reality “emergency remote teaching”

10 Free Classroom Activities For Your Distance Learning Classroom – some great stuff, and videos from John Spencer

Simple Dice Games For Math Practice – a couple of games for families to do at home

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Choice Boards 101: Strategies to Ensure Classroom, Professional and Virtual Learning Success – a nice way to give students choice in their learning and can be setup for blended learning

Just Shifting Online or Shifting the Learning – 4 questions at the end of the post are worth thinking about

What Effective Principals Do – 7 things to keep in mind as we work to support our school communities

3 Ways To Use Video Conferencing With Students Learning Remotely – design the time with intention and I like the design template in small group instruction section

How To Use Google Meet for elearning, online learning – some good tips here and I like the step by step to set up and manage a google meet

10 Tips To Support Students With Slow Internet – some good tips around video conferencing

Sidewalk Chalk Meets Math Game – this is a game that can have many variations

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5 Simple Habits To Build Connection With Your Students – these habits and focus on paying attention are important to building connection

The 8 Best Questions To Ask In An One-To-One Meeting – add these to the list of possibles questions to use with staff – good phrasing

The Little Things That Make Employees Feel Appreciated – some good points to think about and habits to form as well as potential mistakes / things to avoid

Interdisciplinary Project Planning Framework – good steps and checklists when planning with a team of teachers. List still could be used for a teacher doing an interdisciplinary project by themselves

How To Create A Project-Based Learning Lesson – good steps to follow – liked the benchmark/deliverables section

Watch Out for Unintended Microaggressions – always need to be thinking about this and trying to do better. Lots of links to articles, books and resources

I Don’t Care If You’re Racist. I Care If You’re Hurting Me – “Racism is about the impact and the hurt of their actions. Intentions do not matter. And that’s a hard one for people, because they cling to being good as a way of saying “I am not racist.” And my thing is, I don’t care if you’re racist. I care if you’re hurting me.”

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Building A Healthy Workplace Goes Beyond “Wellness” – focus on building trust – “Low-trust cultures are absolutely exhausting, painful, draining, and debilitating; by contrast, high-trust cultures are positively energizing, exciting, engaging, and creative.”

A Two Question Ritual To Change Your Day – 1. What one thing would you like to do less today? 2. What one thing would you like to do more today? Each question followed by some good suggestions

Quick Strategies To Energize One-To-Ones – some good strategies and a few questions to possibly use

Drive Deeper Thinking in Math: Designing An Error Analysis Station – “I create seven or eight problems and each problem contains an error or multiple errors. The students are responsible for identifying and describing the errors, then they make the necessary corrections.” I like this idea for a station but I find this point most intriguing and something to consider when looking to spiral topics “In fact, a learning support coach suggested bringing back topics from other units, or even previous courses. So, as I progress through the course, I spiral back to problems from previous units to keep those mathematical concepts fresh for the students.

Making Cooperative Learning Work Better – 4 problems identified and various suggestions to help with tackle each problem

The Illusory Truth Effect: Why We Believe Fake News, Conspiracy Theories, and PropagandaWhen a “fact” tastes good and is repeated enough, we tend to believe it, no matter how false it may be. Understanding the illusory truth effect can keep us from being bamboozled.

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Try This Design Sprint At Your Next Faculty Meeting – some good questions and a structured activity to try

Over 400 Years of Leadership Advice for New Principals But Great Lessons For Us All – lots of good points, reminders and things to think about in this list

Want Real Leadership Growth? Focus on Strengthening As A Communicator – talks about a signal-to-noise ratio, persuasion cycle and message mapping

Seven New Resources For Black History Month – another resource put together by Larry Ferlazzo – links to a variety of resources and some of his old blog posts/lists as well

A Radical Guide To Spending Less Time On Your Phone – some good things to try in this list