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Part 1- Laying the Ground Work: Feedback Focused

Part 1- Laying the Ground Work: Feedback Focused

One of my AAU basketball coaches would always say “When I stop pushing and being tough on you, that is when you have to worry.” At that time, I didn’t fully grasp what he meant by it. Reflecting on it now as a teacher and coach, I am able to appreciate his words. He was letting us  know that he challenged us because he cared and saw our potential. He was giving us the feedback and criticism necessary to take us to the next…

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Get Connected: A Note from @CourtneyKofeldt to @Ms_Kof

Get Connected: A Note from @CourtneyKofeldt to @Ms_Kof

If you asked me two years ago, if I thought I was using Twitter effectively, I more than likely would have said yes. During that time, I was utilizing the twitter handle Ms_Kof (I thought this was a good idea because of the many consonants in my last name), sharing a few ideas, using it as a public note taking platform at conferences and occasionally collaborating with a small group of educators. Checking twitter wasn’t part of my daily routine, and it shouldn’t have…

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Don’t Just Wish. Do! : The Importance of Goal Setting

Don’t Just Wish. Do! : The Importance of Goal Setting

I strive to always have a positive outlook professionally and personally. I know energy is contagious and a negative attitude does nothing to solve problems (only enhances them.) At the same time, my positive energy also does nothing to solve problems or carry out my goals. It is a start if I am not just using my positivity to fantasize about my goals. “In fact, science tells us that fantasizing may undermine a goal because the positive fantasy tricks your mind…

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The Determined Teacher/Farmer: Overcoming Obstacles

The Determined Teacher/Farmer: Overcoming Obstacles

One of the most renowned storytellers and novelists of the twentieth century , A. J. Cronin, nearly gave up his writing career before he ever got started. Halfway through writing his first manuscript, Cronin decided to scrap it. Frustrated with his work, he decided to take a walk in the rain.  During his travels, he saw an older farmer digging a drainage ditch in a boggy field. The farmer told Cronin  that he “ditched this bog all his days and never made a pasture….

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