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The Power of YET (Found on Facebook)

In the last week I have now found two awesome Facebook posts worth sharing from FTN member, Kaitlin Nelson.  I'm going to have to follow Kaitlin's Facebook more closely from now on!

 

Read Kaitlin's experience with the power of the word YET.  This comes from an interaction she had recently with a student in her Math class in Portland, Oregon:

 

Student: "I can't do…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on October 11, 2012 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

A Secret to Working with Freshmen (Found on Facebook)

Freshman Transition Network member and 9th grade math teacher, Kaitlin Nelson, shared the following post on Facebook today.  I hope she doesn't mind me reproducing it here on the Freshman Transition Network, but I couldn't resist.  It's so simple yet reflects a profound understanding of young people.  (Actually, of people in general)

 

Want to get 9th…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on October 3, 2012 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

PART THREE - 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 2 posts:

Part 1Part 2…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on September 21, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

This year, be THAT teacher

With Labor Day behind us now, students and educators across the country are back to school and working hard. This time of year I find myself thinking about how THIS year will be THE year - the year when I finally get it right! I'm still waiting for THAT year to come, but in the meantime, I'm sure that self-reflection and a focus on continuous improvement are essential ingredients of my professional growth. And so I reflect once again.... How can I make THIS year THE…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on September 7, 2012 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Using The Tuesday Technique To Help Get It Done

I recently wrote an article entitled Using The Tuesday Technique To Help Get It Done which appears in this month's edition of the Rhode Island Small Business Journal (RISBJ).

While the article is designed…

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Added by Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro on August 28, 2012 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

Do You Have A Resume That ROARS?

I recently recorded a BlogTalkRadio program entitled Do You Have A Resume That ROARS (Is it Results Oriented And Relevant)?

The concepts are relevant to parents, teachers and students who have a need for a high quality resume.

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Added by Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro on July 19, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

What Did You Hear? Not What I Said!

I recently wrote an article entitled What Did You Hear? Not What I Said! which appears in this month's edition of the Rhode Island Small Business Journal (RISBJ).

While the article is designed for small business owners, the…

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Added by Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro on July 19, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

A Reminder: Life is Longer than a School Year

Do you ever make the mistake of forgetting that  life is longer than a school year?  

There is an eternity out there, yet we often view time as an extremely finite resource.  Our own understanding of life is so limited, and we are often blinded by the here and now.

 

The same concept applies to education, more specifically, to how we educators view our students.  We tend to be blinded by the here and now.  We see and judge students' lives based on the years they…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on July 12, 2012 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

How Much Did Your Assumptions Cost You Today?

I recently wrote an article entitled How Much Did Your Assumptions Cost You Today? which appears in this month's edition of the Rhode Island Small Business Journal (RISBJ).

While the article is designed for small business owners, the concepts and the activity are relevant to parents, teachers…

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Added by Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro on June 11, 2012 at 4:00am — No Comments

Do Your Children Know What You Do at Work? Probably Not

I recently wrote an article entitled Do Your Children Know What You Do at Work? Probably Not which appears in this month's edition of the Rhode Island Small Business Journal (RISBJ).

 

I address the concern that children do not know what their parents do at work (as illustrated by the …

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Added by Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro on April 20, 2012 at 4:00am — No Comments

Selecting New Employees For Your Small Business: Do Your Applicant's Resumes ROAR (Result Oriented and Relevant)

Some of you may be advising students who are looking for either full or part time jobs.  If so, the article Selecting New Employees For Your Small Business: Do Your Applicant's Resumes ROAR (Result Oriented and Relevant) which appeared in the Rhode Island Small Business Journal (RISBJ) may be of help to you and the students.   Feel free to pass along the URL: http://issuu.com/gillantini/docs/risbj/42

Added by Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro on March 15, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments

Preparing For Your Career With A Psychology Degree

Some of you may be advising students who plan to pursue a psychology degree in college.  Preparing For Your Career With A Psychology Degree, an article which appeared in Eye on Psi Chi, the magazine of the psychology honor society,  Winter 2012 Edition   (which I wrote) would be of benefit to those students.   Please feel free to send them the URL for the issue. …

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Added by Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro on March 15, 2012 at 12:30am — No Comments

Can one person change the world?

Members of The Freshman Transition Network know how important it is to share with students stories and examples that help young people live into their purpose, their mission, and their life story.  Coach John Wooden is one such example shared often on this site.  (See John Wooden's Corner)   Now,…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on March 13, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Motivate Your Students: Eric Thomas the Hip Hop Preacher

A friend from Oak Hill, WV turned me on to E.T. - the nickname for Eric the Hip Hop Preacher.  If you're looking for more resources to share with your students to teach them about life, check out E.T.'s YouTube page.  

I love his moniker - TGIM - which stands for Thank God It's Monday.   This guy is all about motivation, all about talking straight to young people, and all about…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on March 6, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Officer Story/Songs

Unfortunately many things you have on here are blocked. The access denied pops up. It makes this a difficult tool to use. I run into this problem frequently with other eaching sites I try to use.

 

Tina

Added by Tina Lilly on March 6, 2012 at 9:40am — 1 Comment

Helping students internalize their behavioral decisions

This post was originally shared on Assessment FOR Learning.


I'm going to share a specific example of how AFL can be used to impact student behavior; however, first I'd like to take a look at the topic from a philosophical standpoint.  We should start by reminding ourselves why it is that AFL helps students learn content.  AFL practices help students learn because as a result of regular/daily assessments:

  • Students…
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Added by Scott Habeeb on March 1, 2012 at 1:29pm — No Comments

A Police Officer's Final Act of Kindness - An example to all of us!

Members of the Freshman Transition Network know what a premium we place on inspiring students.  In fact, while we love teaching content (love it passionately), we really feel that there is NOTHING you can do for you students more important than pointing them toward truth and providing them with lessons to guide them through life.  This story of how a polic officer's act of kindness - right before his death - has impacted a young boy's life is a worthy example to be shared with our students.…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on January 27, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Essential Components of an Freshman Transition Program - Part 7 - Student Recognition

This series of posts on the Essential Components of a Freshman Transition Program is based on ideas found in The Ninth Grade Opportunity: Transforming Schools from the Bottom Up by Scott Habeeb, Ray Moore, and …
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Added by Scott Habeeb on January 14, 2012 at 10:02am — 2 Comments

The Case Against the Freshman Academy

Over the past decade as I have worked with high schools across the country, I have noticed that the term Freshman Academy has almost become synonymous for Freshman Transition Program.  This is a mistake along the same lines as saying that the word Hammer is synonymous with the word Tool.  A hammer is a type of tool.  A Freshman Academy is a type of Freshman Transition Program.  But just like there are more tools than just hammers, there are also more types of Freshman Transition Programs…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on December 7, 2011 at 4:12pm — No Comments

That's My Mom: An Effective Career Orientation Program For Middle and High School Students

That’s My Mom:

An Effective Career Orientation Program

For Middle School and High School Students



Ronald G. Shapiro, Ph. D.…



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Added by Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro on December 7, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

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