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Tell them why!

My friend, Kaitlin, decided 3/4 of the way through this past school year that it was time to get more intentional in her attempts to motivate and inspire her students.  She decided that she could use her relationships with students to appropriately and actively point them toward the truths of life that will encourage them to live out the purpose for which they were created.  With a little…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on June 28, 2011 at 11:06pm — 1 Comment

Freshman Transition Roundtables at VASSP Conference

If any members of the FTN are going to be attending the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals annual conference this coming week in Williamsburg, I would invite you to attend one of the Freshman Transition roundtables I will be leading on Tuesday.  There will be 3 25-minute repeating sessions at 10:30, 11:00, and 11:30.  The 25-minute format will only for the most basic of overviews, but it should still…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on June 25, 2011 at 9:38pm — No Comments

Essential Components of an Freshman Transition Program - Part 6 - Parent/Teacher Contact

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 June 21, 2011 at 8:26am — No Comments

Set a Wayside Teaching Goal for Next School Year

Are you required to create formal growth objectives for next year?  Or are you simply interested in finding new ways to grow professionally regardless of whether or not you are required to have formal objectives?  Would you like to reach more effectively your most needy students?  Do you hope to have a lasting impact in the lives of the young people you encounter?

 

If your answer to any of those questions was "Yes", then I would strongly encourage you to consider creating for…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on June 2, 2011 at 10:04pm — 3 Comments

The American Dream

Years ago, my good friend and colleague, Ray Moore, attended an AVID conference in San Diego.  He tells me that at the conference he heard the superintendent of San Diego City Schools state the following:

It is the responsibility of schools to give students access to the American Dream. First, we must make them believe they can have access. Then,…
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Added by Scott Habeeb on May 24, 2011 at 8:54pm — No Comments

Essential Components of a Freshman Transition Program

The Freshman Transition Network is full of blogs and resources related to starting/creating a Freshman Transition Program (FTP). In an attempt to make it easier for members to find these resources, this blog post is being added to the Hot Topics section of the main page to consolidate the resources related to the essential components of an FTP.

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Added by Scott Habeeb on May 20, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

The Ninth Grade Opportunity featured in VT Magazine

Since Alan Seibert, Ray Moore, and Scott Habeeb - the 3 co-authors of The Ninth Grade Opportunity - are all Hokies, Virginia Tech decided to do a short feature on them in…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on May 5, 2011 at 11:24am — No Comments

Essential Components of an Freshman Transition Program - Part 5 - Organizational Skills

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 March 10, 2011 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Student Success Prerequisite: Hope

This blog post is a reprint of an article originally published on Education Week.…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on March 3, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The 2x10 Method - Building Relationships with Students

The 2 x 10 Method: Building Student Relationships One Kid at a Time

January 10th, 2011, By: Diane Trim in Articles, Classroom Management

This has been reposted from Inside the School. Click…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on February 25, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

The gift of HOPE

At the Freshman Transition Network we are always trying to find resources that can be used in the classroom to motivate and inspire kids.  This video is one such resource.  

 

Your students need to see this.  After they watch it, take an opportunity to talk about how they treat their fellow man.  Talk to them about Love and Forgiveness and Humility.  Take a moment to talk about judging others and the treating others as they want to be treated.  Teach them about strength and…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on February 16, 2011 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Students understanding the value of assessment - nice to see!

This was originally posted on Assessment FOR Learning.


Recently I spent a few minutes in the classroom of SHS Marketing teacher Michelle Kovac.  Her Marketing students had just turned in projects that day.  

 

When I came into the class the students were in the process of evaluating similar projects turned in by last year's students.  Mrs. Kovac had given her students a rubric when they…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on February 12, 2011 at 10:38am — No Comments

A purpose bigger than cancer

Member of the Freshman Transition Network who have attended a Solutions, etc. Freshman Transition conference or who have read The Ninth Grade Opportunity are very familiar with Ray Moore and his passion for life.  You may not know, though, that for the…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on December 27, 2010 at 9:56am — No Comments

Essential Components of a Freshman Transition Program - Part 4 - Classroom Leadership

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 December 21, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Freshman Service Project

If you regularly read the posts and resources on The Freshman Transition Network you know that we believe that an essential part of transitioning freshmen is teaching them about their role in the world. Successful transition is about more than just passing classes. It's about becoming the person you were created to be. As educators, we have a unique opportunity to guide students and to give them experiences outside of their norm.

In 2007,…
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Added by Scott Habeeb on November 26, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Essential Components of a Freshman Transition Program - Part 3 - Standardizing Expectations

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 November 14, 2010 at 8:08pm — No Comments

How do you really know if you taught "it"?

This was originally posted on Assessment FOR Learning.

Note to teachers from Salem High School: This is a post about teaching, teachers, and students in general as opposed to a post about specific situations at Salem High School.

So after all the lesson plans have been created, all the class time has been spent, and all the papers have been graded, how do you really know if you've taught your content…
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Added by Scott Habeeb on November 11, 2010 at 10:25pm — No Comments

Essential Components of a Freshman Transition Program - Part 2 - Making Time for Teams to Meet

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 October 28, 2010 at 3:29pm — No Comments

AFL and Learning to Drive

This was originally posted on Assessment FOR Learning.

Have you ever watched a teenager prepare for the DMV Learner's Permit test? If you have, then you'll know what I mean when I say that it is an excellent example of Assessment FOR Learning.


(As an aside, I'm having a hard time coming to grips with the fact that my oldest child is now learning to drive a car. Kaitlin is everything I could ask for in a daughter with…
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Added by Scott Habeeb on October 22, 2010 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Do they know if they know?

This was originally posted on Assessment FOR Learning.

Here's a quick and easy way to analyze how well you are applying AFL principles in your classroom:


If a parent were to ask his or her child how they were doing in your class, could the child give an accurate, detailed, and specific answer about his or her progress?


If you are regularly providing descriptive feedback to students…
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Added by Scott Habeeb on October 13, 2010 at 2:59pm — No Comments

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