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Do You Really Want to Win? (#11 – Reflections from the Frontline)

Reflections from the Frontline Reflection:  #11 – Do You Really Want to Win? Synopsis: Dr. Duncan discusses the experience of driving to win.  Even in the classroom, the teachers need to have a concept of winning in order to obtain success and results.  But doing what it takes to win (hard work, effort, extra time […]

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Coasting Along (#10 – Reflections from the Frontline)

  Reflections from the Frontline Reflection:  #10 – Coasting Along Synopsis: Dr. Duncan reflects on teachers who are content to “coast along.”  They do not have a goal to succeed themselves, let alone their students.  They strive to let recess go a little longer, let their students run rampant, or give worthless assignments.  He challenges […]

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Creating a Permanent Underclass (#9 – Reflections from the Frontline)

Reflections from the Frontline Reflection:  #9 – Creating a Permanent Underclass Synopsis: Dr. Duncan discussed the important role that teachers have with students.  If teachers, educators, families, etc fail to educate the students, they are in a sense creating a “permanent underclass.”  This references the people on the impoverished end of the economic system.  Education […]

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The Myth of Quiet Classroom (#8 – Reflections from the Frontline)

  Reflections from the Frontline Reflection:  #8 -The Myth of Quiet Classroom Synopsis: Dr. Duncan recalls when he was a principal, he would walk by some classrooms and there would be utter silence.  While on the surface this appeared successful, what he later found out was that the students were not grapsing the material  There […]

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Sometimes…You Only Plant the Seed (#7 – Reflections from the Frontline)

  Reflections from the Frontline Reflection:  #7 -Sometimes…You Only Plant the Seed Synopsis: Dr. Duncan tells the story of a child that appeared to have behavioral issues.  Dr. Duncan spent time with the student, even beating him home on one occasion so that he could talk to both he and his mother.  During a meeting […]

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More than an Instructional Leader (#6 – Reflections from the Frontline)

Reflections from the Frontline Reflection:  #6 – More than an Instructional Leader Synopsis: Dr. Duncan details his experience as a new elementary principal with the introduction of Ms. Lozado.  Ms. Lozado was a teaching assistant who was loved by the kids as well as staff.  She had aspirations to become a full-time teacher, however, she […]

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Finding Your Voice (#5 – Reflections from the Frontline)

  Reflections from the Frontline Reflection:  #5 – Finding Your Voice Synopsis: Dr. Duncan discusses the importance of having “your own voice”….maintain and develop your individuality.  It if acceptable to follow the rules of the organization, but do it in the manner that works for you.  Dr. Duncan shares his experience with falling into the […]

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The Value of Home Visits (#4 – Reflections from the Frontline)

  Reflections from the Frontline Reflection:  #4 – The Value of Home Visits Synopsis: Dr. Duncan discusses his tactic of visiting students homes during the school year.  This proved effective for him to not only to get to know the student, but also the parents and the home situation.  The student may have a behavior […]

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The Common Demoninator (#3 – Reflections from the Frontline)

Reflections from the Frontline Reflection:  #3 – The Common Denominator Synopsis: Dr. Duncan discusses his experience with negotiating with parents, specifically on actions that are best for their child.  Parents can sometimes become difficult handle, especially if they feel the action is not in the best interest for this child. However, Dr. Duncan was able […]

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Social Promotion (#2 – Reflections from the Frontline)

  Reflections from the Frontline Reflection:  #2 – Social Promotion:  The School Improvement Parasite Synopsis: Dr. Duncan discusses his displeasure of the practice of passing students just to move the on.  Some teachers will move the student on to the next grade so that they do not have to deal with the student any longer.  […]

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