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The Case for Going Beyond the Content

Who is the teacher who had the most positive impact on your life?  Would you say you ever had a teacher who could be described as a compass - pointing you to the truths of life you needed to learn?  What was that teacher's name?  What was it about that teacher that would cause you to name them as your answer to these questions?

I have had the privilege of working with thousands of educators across the country.  Often I will ask groups of teachers the following: "If given the…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on February 22, 2014 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Psychology Student Network

Since psychology is a very popular college major, I thought I'd post a link to Volume 2, Issue 1 (January, 2014) of the Psychology Student Network, a series of articles for undergraduate students thinking about a career with a psychology degree.    The information may be helpful to some high school students beginning to think about possible careers. 

Note: I wrote one of the articles,…

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Added by Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro on January 30, 2014 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Honoring a Colleague about to be Deployed for Military Service

While doing a Google search yesterday I located an article in the Jackson Sun (TN) describing how the faculty, staff and students at University School of Jackson organized a surprise parade to honor Danielle Boyd, a staff member departing for six months of military service.

I thought that the parade provided a unique combination of honoring a colleague, staff member and friend, educating students about military service and…

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Added by Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro on August 25, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

Are You Missing Your Own Reflection?

I recently wrote an article titled Are You Missing Your Own Reflection? which appears in the current edition of the Rhode Island Small Business Journal (RISBJ).

While the article is designed for the business community, the concepts and the activity are relevant to parents, teachers and students transitioning to high school…

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Added by Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro on July 26, 2013 at 1:25pm — No Comments

PART FOUR - Using Music to Inspire and Motivate Students in the Classroom

There are several blog posts on this site related to using music in the classroom to inspire and motivate kids.  Each has included a list of specific songs that can be used. Here are links to the previous 3 posts:

Part 1Part 2, …

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Added by Scott Habeeb on July 17, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Frank Hall: An amazing example of loving students

Readers of this blog are familiar with the emphasis placed here on Going Beyond the Content.  There is so much more to teaching than just mastering content - although that is definitely an exciting part.  Teaching content is a privilege, but we educators have the opportunity to do far more than that.  We have opportunities to change lives.  We have opportunities to slightly alter the direction of young person's path.  And changing a path by even a few small degrees can lead to a world of…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on June 30, 2013 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Do Your Sons and Daughters Understand Your Work? Probably Not!

I recently wrote an article titled Do Your Sons and Daughters Understand Your Work? Probably Not! which appears in the current edition of the Rhode Island Creative Magazine (RICM).

While the article is designed for the artist community, the concepts and the activities are relevant to parents, teachers and students transitioning to high school (as well as at other grade…

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Added by Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro on April 20, 2013 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

Ninth-grade transitioning through our weekly "Peer Advisory" program

Having recently joined the Freshman Transition Network and introducing myself here, Scott suggested I elaborate on the ninth-grade Peer Advisory program I was fortunate enough to be a part of when I was still teaching:

Overview

Groups of 12-15 ninth graders would meet every Wednesday morning from 8:00am-8:33am…

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Added by Ryan Fisk on April 17, 2013 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

What's the Matter with Freshmen? Part 2 (Guest Post on NASSP Blog)

I had another blog post published on the NASSP's Ignite Blog.  

This one - What's the Matter with Freshmen? Part 2 - is a sequel to an earlier…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on February 26, 2013 at 8:32am — No Comments

The 9th Grade Challenge in Principal Leadership

I'm very excited to have an article on Freshman Transition published in the latest edition of the NASSP's Principal Leadership Magazine.  

To read the article, visit http://www.nassp.org/tabid/2043/default.aspx and then click on the link for The Ninth-Grade Challenge.  

You can also download a pdf version of the article by visiting …

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Added by Scott Habeeb on February 5, 2013 at 7:49pm — No Comments

Lessons Based On Donald Miller's Storyline

Members of the FTN know that I strongly encourage teachers to use the story-centered ideas found in A Million Miles in a Thousand Years and Storyline by Donald Miller as a way to teach students to live lives of meaning and purpose.  My friend, Mike Petty, has recently written a blog post on his blog…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on February 3, 2013 at 2:37pm — No Comments

What's the Matter with Freshmen? Part 1 (Guest Post on NASSP Blog)

I had another blog post published on the NASSP's Ignite Blog.  Here is a link to that post:

http://nasspblogs.org/ignite/2013/02/01/whats-the-matter-with-freshmen-part-1/

I will be presenting on the topic of Freshman Transition at this month's NASSP Conference in Washington DC.

Added by Scott Habeeb on February 1, 2013 at 12:51pm — No Comments

My Dissertation about Ninth Grade Transition to High School

Dissertation on Ninth Grade Transition to High School

A STUDY OF THE IMPACT OF A SUMMER SCHOOL INTERVENTION PROGRAM ON NINTH GRADE TRANSITION TO HIGH SCHOOL

Dr. Hasan Abdulmalik



This is my Dissertation that is a quantitative research study of how an intervention program can help ninth graders to transition to high school.

Research has…

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Added by Raider Fan on January 28, 2013 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Games to Illustrate Human Performance: Perfect for Your Class

Hi,

My article Games to Illustrate Human Performance: Perfect for Your Class was published in the Connecticut Journal of Science Education, Volume 50, Issue 1, Fall - Winter 2012 - 2013, pages 2 4 to 31.

If teachers belonging to The Freshman Transition Network would like a copy via email (no charge) please…

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Added by Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro on January 13, 2013 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Guest Blog Post from David Douglas High School, Portland, OR

A year or so ago I had the opportunity to make a couple of trips to Portland, Oregon to work with the faculty and staff of David Douglas High School, Oregon's largest high school.  They wanted to build a Freshman Transition program.  Some of their faculty members had joined this site and had also read my book, The Ninth Grade Opportunity.  They decided that they wanted to build a transition program that utilized a…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on January 7, 2013 at 4:21pm — No Comments

Why Do Freshman Academies Sometimes Fail? (Guest post on NASSP Blog)

I recently wrote a guest blog post for the NASSP's Ignite Blog.  Here is a link to that post:

http://nasspblogs.org/ignite/2013/01/02/why-do-freshman-academies-sometimes-fail/

Added by Scott Habeeb on January 2, 2013 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

Love is as Powerful as it is Felt

I have yet to meet a teacher who doesn't say he or she loves his or her students.  What I have noticed, though, is that some do a better job than others at expressing that love.  Love is only as powerful as it is felt.

Last night I was talking with my daughter, Kaitlin, who has been home sick the past several days leading up to Christmas break. I told her that her German 5 teacher, Frau Fowler, had sent home a quiz that I could proctor over break.  I mentioned that I had told Frau…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on December 20, 2012 at 12:08pm — 3 Comments

Gearing Up for EdD Dissertation

Gathering dissertation materials...any feedback on books, articles, data, etc....for Freshman Academies, 9th grade transitioning programs that anyone has to share will be greatly appreciated - Wendy !

Added by Wendy Davis on December 10, 2012 at 5:02am — 5 Comments

Babysitting to Make a Difference - Intentionally Teaching Service

Sometimes as a parent you're not paying attention and suddenly your child reaches a milestone that completely snuck up on you.  This happened to me just last week.

My 2nd child, Kelsey Grace, is a freshman at Salem High School, where I serve as an Assistant Principal.  Last week she came home and asked my wife and I if we would be willing to donate money to her freshman service project -…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on November 1, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

A Parent Boasts and a Child Lives a Great Story

Let's get something out of the way here at the start.  I, Scott Habeeb, am a proud parent.  My 4 children keep me in a state of constant amazement, and I don't mind occasionally letting people know about who they are and what they do.  This will be one of those occasions, as I plan to use this blog to boast with a purpose about my oldest child, Kaitlin Ashley.

I use the term "boast with a purpose" because the point of this post isn't really to let folks know how proud I am of Kaitlin…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on October 21, 2012 at 10:08pm — No Comments

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