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  • Do we get more than spirit out of Spirit Week? Spirit Week takes a lot of students' - and teachers' - focus off academic matters and takes time away from learning, but we continue to value it and schedule it every year. It turns out there are some good reasons for that, even though we may not have been able to articulate them.Several studies, including this one by Harris Poll, have found a positive correlation between students having an affinity for their school ("school spirit") and academic success.Just how Google is known for its culture in the business world, achievement is linked to spirit in the educational realm.Full disclosure since we want to model proper evaluation of sources: this study was conducted by an independent polling company, but was ...
    Posted Sep 10, 2017, 3:08 AM by HSD Principal
  • More Thoughts on Collaboration Let's not wait for a situation like a double block week to be intentional at helping each other to get better at teaching - and helping our students become better learners. Here are some more resources on making the most of collaborating, and some simple ideas about making it more a part of our regular practice.Matching Complementary Strengths: This article gives the process two teachers went through when they were required to collaborate. But it also includes some ideas for teachers on how to get started working with others, including asking questions as you being your planning:It's OK to come in and say, 'What are you doing on journal prompts? I need to know right now and ...
    Posted Sep 2, 2017, 12:10 AM by HSD Principal
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