Harry Wong
Oct 2017
Vol 14 No 3

Cover Story

Warts and All - Turning Instructional Messes Into Growth Opportunities
By Sharon Thomas

I'm back on the blog! A project that I allude to within has kept me from writing much for the past two months, but the time has now come to clean out the cognitive cobwebs. This week: Feeling paranoid? Insecure? Surveilled? Want to run for cover? Join the club - and then get over yourself.

For me, only one goal in my life will ever serve as real, legitimate evidence that I have become a fully self-actualized human being: when I get to the psychological place where a friend can pop over unexpectedly and I do not care about whether my house is clean. Like my mother and her mother before her, I engage in relentless self-criticism when something like that happens, regardless of my actual domesticity skill level.

Once, when my kids were little, I picked up my elder son from a friend's house after a sleepover. That home was a veritable hellhole - not dirty per se, mind you, but debris was strewn everywhere. Tots' toys, parental paper trails, the ravaged remains of household pet tomfoolery - a total nightmare. That mother did not apologize for the mess - I don't even know if she noticed it. I did not judge her at all; in fact, I was pea-green with envy. She wasn't a bad housekeeper or a bad mother: she just didn't mind anyone seeing her life as it was. I envied her as I have perhaps envied no other woman. I have been trying to reach her level of don't-give-a-damn ever since, with mixed results....

From the Teachers.Net Community

Creating a Successful Instructional Coaching Program

By Jim Knight

One of the most powerful ways to get better at anything is to work with a coach. I’ve frequently quoted Atul Gawande, who has written that, “Coaching done well may …

Enrichment Activities for Children

By Leah Davies, M.Ed.

Schools have an opportunity to enhance children’s social and emotional growth, as well as their academic knowledge. The following activities foster self-understanding, positive peer interaction, initiative, and learning.

Students Engage in Dangerous Drug Use During “Finals Frenzy”

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Students in finals frenzy are finding pharmaceuticals online – and getting them without a prescription.

Quotable Comic by Tim Newlin of

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Unique comic relief with a lesson, from where members have access to more than 5,000 professional illustrations for use by schools and families, created by Tim Newlin. Here’s a …

Storybud: Accessible, Entertaining Stories in Audio and/or Text

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Designed by a visually impaired father who wanted a way to have stories “read” to his children.
For people who love stories and storytelling. On Storybud there are text versions …

Jumpstarting a Career Via the Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education (I.C.E.) Program

By Sarah Powley, Education Coach

Miles, who impressed me as being someone a great deal older than seventeen, someone far beyond high school, stood confident and poised before three of his bosses, his teacher, and …

June Is…These Special Days

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June is full of special days – serious and silly!

Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.11 No.6 June 2014

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
Your Future Is in Your Hands
Cover Story by Sharon Thomas
Warts and All - Turning Instructional Messes Into Growth Opportunities
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»Creating a Successful Instructional Coaching ProgramJim Knight
»Retiring Teachers List "What I Won't Miss About Teaching"Teachers.Net Community
»Enrichment Activities for ChildrenLeah Davies, M.Ed.
»How to Change your Classroom and Yourself with GratitudeOwen M. Griffith
»Students Engage in Dangerous Drug Use During "Finals Frenzy"News Desk
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»Quotable Comic by Tim Newlin of TimTim.comTim Newlin
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»Preparing Students and Faculty for A School Shooting EmergencyNews Desk
»EDIT Jumpstarting a Career Via the Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education (I.C.E.) ProgramSarah Powley
»Apple Seeds QuotesBarb Stutesman
»June Is...These Special DaysRon Victoria

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