6 Things I’m Excited for this School Year

6 Things I’m Excited for this School Year

Putting Lemov’s strategies to good use!
After being given the book Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov and practicing a few of the strategies he discusses, I am eager to practice and perfect these strategies. Classroom management is definitely something I need to improve on and I’m ready to grow and learn from making mistakes, observing my mentor and co-resid...

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AUSL 2013/14 Year in Review

AUSL 2013/14 Year in Review

A look back on the past year and the many accomplishments of our network schools, teachers, and staff.

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“Good teaching don’t stop no bullets.”

“Good teaching don’t stop no bullets.”

When Professor Rashid shared this statement with our class, it struck me like a blow to the face. But then I got it: the point isn’t that teaching is of no consequence; rather, the point is that context really matters!

In our second set of summer courses we learned two things regarding context, which are: all classrooms are the same and all classrooms are impossibly unique.

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A New Philosophy of Education

A New Philosophy of Education

Dr. Laura Swartzbaugh is a NLU professor who conducts her classes with a surprising sense of urgency.  On the first day of classes Dr. Swartzbaugh told us a student had once compared her teaching to “trying to drink water out of a firehose.” She then added, “It was positive, I swear!”

This was Laura, intense, comical, and compassionate about what we were “in for.” And s...

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