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Feb. 28, 2018

3 Rules about Duty

# Rules About Doing Duty at School (Supervision)
1. Know your purpose
2. Be on time
3. Be alert

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Student fights happen in schools. It is just a matter of time. Do you know how to approach a fight to stop it? Do you know what you shouldn't do and why? Here are some of my ideas about dealing with a student fight.

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If you work in schools, you will have duty. That's right you will have to supervise students when they are eating, at play, in the halls, and attending events. Here are three ways to make the most out of your duty.

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What do you do if a student's cell phone rings in the middle of class?
I give you three choices, but one is really the only option.

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May 9, 2017


Hi! I'm Steve Miletto and this is my place where I talk teaching, learning, and leading k-12. I hope that you will join me as well as subscribe. Thanks for being here.

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April 12, 2017


In the Hedgehog Concept three circles are used to help you to identify what you should focus your biggest effort on accomplishing. At the intersection of the three circles is your hedgehog concept. The three circles are: 1) What you can be best in the world at. 2) What drives your economic engine. …

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April 11, 2017

Right People On The Bus

One of my favorite books is Good to Great by Jim Collins. I have three parts that I like the best. Look for the link to the others below, but today I am talking about the bus analogy.
Getting the right people on the bus so that you can get the bus going in the right direction. Collins notes that th…

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March 29, 2017

Hedgehog or Fox

One of my favorite leadership books is called Good to Great by Jim Collins. It has been out for awhile but that is okay. It still applies. The book is based upon 10 years of research pertaining to corporations that the researchers identified as being good companies that became great companies. I ha…

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March 15, 2017

You Have To Practice

If you want procedures to become routines you have to PRACTICE. Simply put -
1. You tell the kids what you want them to do
2. Then you show them how you want them to follow the procedure
3. Then you have then do it. You know-you have them practice the procedure.
If you follow these three steps your…

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March 14, 2017

Procedures and Routines

Procedures and Routines. You hear these words used in sentences as if they mean the same thing. They don't. Procedures are how we need to do things in the classroom and these procedures become routines by doing them over and over again. We have to have the kids practice to make them routines. If we…

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Too often we have a large amount of information to address in a short period of time, so we open the valve and let it flood the classroom. You know, think about what it would be like to drink from a fire hydrant. Class can't operate like that if you want to improve the students' understanding of th…

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#1 Reason Why You Should Read Teach Like a Pirate:
Great resource for getting kids excited about the content! So many wonderful ideas! You are going to find something that will help you get the kids interested.

I love this book. No one paid me to review it.

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Stickies are simple tools to use for formative assessment. You know what I mean right? They can help you find out what the kids know and don't know so that you can adjust instruction. Today, I am using stickies as tickets out the door. Have fun. Check out my link for more about using stickies: http…

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The Heart of Georgia RESA is hosting an Education Job Fair. This Saturday, February 25th, 2017. Dublin High School. Dublin, Georgia. 9:00 am - 2:30 pm. 10 School Systems. Representatives ready to talk business. Southern Georgia is the place to live, work, and play! Dress for success! Bring your res…

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The Heart of Georgia RESA will be hosting a Teacher Job Fair at Dublin City High School in Dublin, Georgia. Come out and join us on February 25th, 2017 at 9:00 am to 2:30 pm.
Bring your resume.
Dress for Success.
You will have the opportunity to meet representatives from 10 School Systems. Bleckley…

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The ABCs of How We Learn was written by Schwartz, Blair and Tsang and published by W.W. Norton & Company (2016)

3 Reasons You Should Get a Copy:
1. Easy to Use …

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Stickies are a great tool to find out what the kids know and don't know.
They are:
1. Cheap and inexpensive
2. Readily available
3. Lend themselves to creativity
4. The kids love to use them
5. No kid is going to ask you to grade their stickie

Here is a great link to my Pinterest board on assessm…

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Are you a principal? If you are have you ever thought about what you like about your job? I was asked this and once I really thought about it the answer came easy. What I liked best about being a principal was graduation.

In this video I talk about what I mean and why graduation.

How about you? …

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Jan. 18, 2017

Graduation Speeches

It is now time to start working on that graduation speech. You are talking at the graduation, right? You should. If you are the principal of a high school you should look forward to this day.

It is a time of celebration for the kids and their families and you can be a big part of it if you take t…

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The real secret ingredient to connecting with kids goes beyond just learning and knowing their names. If you really want to connect with the students you teach engage them in real conversations.

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Jan. 10, 2017

Learning Kids Names

The number one reason why you need to learn and use kids' names is to connect. You can't build relationships without connecting and you can't connect without starting with knowing and using their names.

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You can't teach for very long before you discover that there is that one kid who can get under your skin or make you irritated just by looking at you. Sometimes its because he or she has managed to get in trouble before and your brain won't let you forget, but the point is that you need to get cont…

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Talk Like TED looks at what makes the best TED talks so likable and impactful. Anybody who has to give presentations should read this book.
Here are the 4 Reasons that I like Talk Like TED:
1. Stick to 18 minutes
2. Tell stories
3. Teach them something new
4. Make it memorable.
Great book - Easy to…

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3 Reasons You Should Read the Reading Intervention Toolkit written by Laura Robb
1. Easy to Read and Use
2. Laura identifies key intervention strategies
3. Laura explains how to use the strategies
As a bonus she explains the time framework to put the strategies into action in the classroom, explain…

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