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Joellen Killion and Jim Knight: Listen In as Two Leading Experts Talk about Coaching!

One silver lining of social distancing has been the many fresh educational resources appearing on the internet, writes Cathy Gassenheimer. “Wonderful content is being created by expert colleagues whose energetic minds never stop looking for ways to engage and share.” One case in point – the recent Facebook Live discussion between coaching experts Jim Knight and Joellen Killion. Read Cathy’s notes and follow our link to the archive.

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While We Take Care of Others, We Need to Take Care of Ourselves

What are you doing to take care of yourself during the Covid-19 pandemic? Is self-care part of your coping strategy in these unprecedented times? Many of us are learning to work at home, and educators are very much feeling their responsibilities to students and parents. So much to do, Cathy Gassenheimer writes, and yet, it’s also really important to devote some time to self-care. She has ideas!

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The Advice Trap: How to Keep Your “Advice Monster” at Bay

Think for a minute about the number of times you’ve given someone advice over the past several weeks. “If you are like me,” says Cathy Gassenheimer, “you might lose count!” In his book The Advice Trap author Michael Bungay Stanier warns against the “advice monster” in each of us and describes how we can become better leaders by advising less and listening more.

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Incredibly Quick Virtual Resources: More of Stoney’s Snippets!

Stoney Beavers is back with more Snippets and Snaps, highlighting interesting resources for virtual teaching and professional development in 60 seconds or less. This time Stoney reminds us to check out (or revisit) the vast Crash Course collection of educational videos, the simple power of Lino’s corkboard approach to sharing visuals and comments online, and a game-changing book by Fisher, Frey and Hattie.

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Students from EL Education Schools Share a Heart-Warming Original Song

As many of you know, our friend Ron Berger – author of Leaders of Their Own Learning – is co-founder of Expeditionary Learning and academic leader for EL Education, which supports a network of schools across the United States. EL Education just posted this video, featuring students in many remote locations contributing to a song celebrating Better World Day. Enjoy! And have a great weekend!

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What You’re Missing: How Can We Become “Active Listeners”?

In her book You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why, journalist Kate Murphy reviews the research suggesting most of us are not good at active listening. Educators are in a profession where listening is a crucial skill, whether you’re a teacher paying attention to students or an instructional partner working with a colleague. Cathy Gassenheimer finds Murphy’s insights and tips extremely valuable.

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Join Us at the ABPC Whimsical Book Club!

Good books can help restore the soul, writes Cathy Gassenheimer, and it’s important for us to nurture ourselves and others during these challenging times. So she’s organized the ABPC Whimsical Book Club, where you’re invited to read mini-reviews of fiction and nonfiction (no professional books, please!) that others have enjoyed. And most of all, to post at least one of your own favorites!

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Think of All the Ways We Can Learn and Share During Social Distancing!

“Now that we’re into our second week or more of social distancing, let’s brainstorm ways to continue our learning,” writes Cathy Gassenheimer. “I’ll start. Let’s make this a dynamic blog: Share your ideas in the comments. What are some ways you’re expanding your own professional knowledge? What are you learning about effective ways to keep students in the learning orbit? Just give us your notes. We’ll keep a running list of ideas and organize them for further sharing!”

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