Monthly Archives: April 2016

Congratulations to Janaha Hayes!

Janaha Hayes, 2016 National Teacher of the Year! Her inspiring story tells of the power of teachers in her life and how she, in turn, gives the same kind of attention, care and inspiration to her students. Here’s an excerpt...
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Principal Reflections: All Hearts On Deck

All Hearts On Deck — David Henderson Having been the principal of this small, rural high school in Montana for two years and having come from the teaching/coaching ranks of the school, I was finally beginning to feel like I...
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Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Here are two great ideas for celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day. In Teaching with Heart, Jovan Miles, a high school math coach, shared how he shares poems in his pocket to engage students throughout the year.   Check it out...
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Notes from the Playground: Chomp

“Notes from the Playground” is a regular feature on our blog. For this series, Greg John generously allows us to share his principal’s reflections and stories from his wonderful book, Notes from the Playground. In these stories, Greg enables us...
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Using Poetry: Suggestions for Celebrating Poetry

Celebrating Poetry On her blog, My Head is Full of Books, Anne Bennett, a school librarian, posted a lot of terrific ideas for celebrating and using poetry (see below). Fortunately it didn’t rain and she was able to send us...
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Insights on Leadership

Leading from Within and Flawless Leadership: As we mentioned last week, we’re going to use #Throwback Thursdays to re-introduce or bring to light something new about Teaching with Heart, Leading from Within or Teaching with Fire. In February, we were...
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Teacher Reflection: Resilience

Resilience: On Working and Mothering — Emily Brisse We have been having conversations lately, my son and I. Last night while I was putting on his pajamas, it was about the man on the road walking his dog. A week...
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Using Poetry: Ideas for Sharing and Posting Poetry

Ideas for Sharing Poetry This week we have several special blog posts we’d like to share. This means we’ll miss posting a few of our daily suggestions for using poetry.  To make up for the gaps in the week ahead,...
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Using Poetry: Finding what is beautiful

Using Poetry to remember to find what is beautiful in children:   In Teaching with Fire, one teacher told us that she taped the line “Life has loveliness to sell” from Sara Teasdale’s poem “Barter” onto her steering wheel so...
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A Look Back at Our Poetry Books

Poems that teachers love The “Teaching with Heart, Fire & Poetry” website takes its inspiration, approach and focus from Teaching with Heart, Leading from Within, and Teaching with Fire. In these books, teachers and other leaders, through their reflections on...
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