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What if teachers were like the coaches of the Steelers?

What if the coaches on the Pittsburgh Steelers each had different expectations for the players on the team?

What if the offensive line coach expected all of his players to arrive to a game 2 hours before it started so that the offense had time to run through plays, but the coach of the receivers tells his position players that they don’t need to arrive until 15 minutes before the game started? It would be pretty hard for the offense to practice. What if the linebackers’ coach… Continue

Added by Scott Habeeb on February 1, 2009 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

YOU can’t meet the needs of your freshmen or transition them into high school.

That’s right – YOU can’t meet the needs of your freshmen or transition them into high school; however, the needs of freshmen can be met and freshmen can be transitioned into high school.

The key word in those sentences above was YOU. In this case, the word YOU was being used in its singular form, and in a singular sense, no individual teacher can meet the needs of freshmen. The Freshman Problem is too big of a problem in today’s schools for an individual to tackle and conquer. If… Continue

Added by Scott Habeeb on January 11, 2009 at 7:25pm — No Comments

Your course content isn't that important!

Ok, so actually it is very important, but I thought the title might get your attention. So now that you're reading, let me explain what I mean.

Let's think about Freshman Transition. As educators of freshmen we have a mission and a purpose that goes beyond our classroom content. Classroom content is a part of it, but our mission and purpose is much bigger. We are foundation builders. We are laying the foundation for a student's academic career, and we are laying the foundation for… Continue

Added by Scott Habeeb on January 4, 2009 at 10:24pm — No Comments

Tuesday is a big day!

As I sit here writing this (a little after 11:00 pm on Sunday night) I can't help but think about how much my life will change in about 36 hours. You see, on Tuesday afternoon, my wife and I will meet our 4th child. It feels like we've known him for so many months, but now we'll actually get to meet him face to face. How exciting!

I love my children. I want what's best for them. I will fight for them; I will work for them; I will correct them; I will have fun with them. However, I… Continue

Added by Scott Habeeb on December 28, 2008 at 11:28pm — 3 Comments

Let's work together to meet the needs of our freshmen...

Too often educators miss out on opportunities to work together. We are split up into states, divisions, schools, departments, rooms, etc. What a shame! Together we possess the knowledge, talent, ideas, and experiences necessary to meet the needs of our students. Yet rarely are we able to work together.

Those of you who have attended a Solutions, etc. workshop know that we advocate teaming… Continue

Added by Scott Habeeb on December 21, 2008 at 9:10am — No Comments

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