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This was a very insightful

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This was a very insightful and thoughtful post. As a preservice teacher I have always felt the tremendous value of reflection. But what I most enjoyed was how you focused the reflection on time of year and specific ideas to think about when reflecting.

High School CTE Teacher

Right Frame of Mind!! As a

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Right Frame of Mind!!

As a first year teacher, my frame of mind was all over the place. It wasn't always positive. For my second year, I will put forth every effort to walk inside those school doors with a positive attitude. I am working on a positive declaration that I will read daily. I also like the role play activity. As my students are imitating me, I think it is only fair, that I imitate them. This could be a learning experience for us all.

Prek teacher from Fayetteville, TN

I will remember this for next

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I will remember this for next year with my students. Our current school year is over now but I plan on using some of these ideas especially the role playing. My students already do this some on their own in our home living center. I caught them acting like me when playing teacher. It is a good self assessment as I hear them act like me. I plan on printing this out for my colleagues to read to gain ideas as I did. Thanks for sharing!

Educational Consultant/Author, Southern California

Happy Birthday--whenever it was

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Opening up for feedback from kids is probably the most efficient way to improve, because we care most about the kids. Honesty is good. If it helps them, we will try to change. If it's in a teacher eval--maybe not.
While attempting to promote improvement or change (even with myself) I ask, 'How long will it take me to do that?' Like exercise. If I know I can walk, jog, shuffle a mile around the neighborhood in 15 minutes--I'll do that because it's only 15 minutes. Then I can go back to my sedentary lifestyle for awhile until the next installment of moving, clutter organizing, errands, etc. Behavior modification is always progressive--especially when I use it on myself.

Director, Graduate program in behavior disorder, David Yellin College

I thank you all for your

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I thank you all for your comments. I have been posting blogs for years now on Edutopia. Anyone care to give me feedback by writing like I do?

Spanish Language Teacher , PYP and IBDP International Baccalaureate & IGCSE

never be scared of the mirrow, face them and comb your hair ;)

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I might do the role play one, I think is going to be fun but it is a bit scary, hope they are not too mean jeje, if they are I might need it, to change many thing. Ready for the change step by step

Executive Director, Founder of Arts & Learning Conservatory

Great one really i appreciate

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Great one really i appreciate you work , I would show this to all the teachers and every one associate with Arts & Learning Conservatory based In Santa Ana, CA providing arts programs specially designed to prepare students for success with art skills needed to succeed in the 21st century to get better results.

International speaker on changing brains without the need for surgery

Student feedback

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May in Australia is your Fall in the Northern Hemisphere. We have had a very dry and warm beginning with a major fire here, then drenching rain, certainly a season of contrasts!

At the end of each class (they are held weekly with adult students) we have a reflection time when students write their feelings about the class, and it is just between them and me. I respond. They can write answers to the questions I pose, or not. I accept anything... drawings, poetry, lyrics of songs, it is really free writing and I have learnt so much. At the end of the course, they write what has worked for them and what hasn't. By this time, they trust that there will be no judgement and they are very honest!

Retired Professor Emeritus of Education, University of Massachusetts

Rick stretches all of us.

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Rick stretches all of us. His ideas, hit us where we need to be nudged forward.

he doesn't preach. he truly teaches.

congratulations. change is worth fighting for, oh yeah.

sid simon

9th and 12 English teacher, 11th Public Speaking teacher from Chicago

Great ideas! I'm printing

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Great ideas! I'm printing this out to show to the principals at my school. I especially like the first two suggestions.

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