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Teaching Students to Write a Synthesis Essay

Writing instruction is challenging, yet rewarding.  Synthesis, an important common core skill, occurs when several sources are used and evaluated.  This typically occurs in expository writing where researched sources are brought together to prove a thesis statement or answer an inquiry question.  After reading to understand different sources and arguments, students often struggle with bringing them […]

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Why Teachers are Their Own Worst Frenemies

Growth Mindset Goal Setting Activity

When I was in high school at a retreat, one of my leaders shared an important illustration about priorities and what “really” matters.  She provided each group of students with a large glass container, many large rocks, smaller rocks, sand, and water.  The challenge was to be able to fit all of these into the […]

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