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The Literacy Diet in Early Childhood with Kelli Cronk

Join Dr. Kia and her friend Kelli Cronk at the lunch table! Kelli and Kia talk about what the Literacy Diet looks like in the Early Childhood classroom in this episode.Learn more about fluency and word study in pre-kindergarten! PROMISE it’s your FAVORITE weekly PD!   Get your tickets for Wildfire 2019 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wildfire-2019-a-fresh-teacher-development-experience-tickets-56591573921?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
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7 Brothers and Finnish Education Reform

I told you the last time we had book club that I had to know more about the 7 Brothers story mentioned in The Smartest Kids in the World. Anytime a single story can unite a nation around education reform, I have to look into it! It turns out that 7 Brothers is a pretty...
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Why the PISA Exam is the ONE test all kids should take

Hey Firestarters! Last week during book club we talked about the PISA Test. In her book The Smartest Kids in the World, Amanda Ripley made a pretty strong argument about how what we view as “premiere education” here in the States does not stack up against the education received in other countries. She cited the PISA...
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3 reasons why I STAN for Edmodo

  Listen y’all, it has been a LONG couple of days. You know that I capital letter LOVE connecting with teachers and I have been doing just that nonstop it seems! I recently had an opportunity to attend TCEA 2019. While I was there, I spoke with teachers about a platform that I honestly do...
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Intentional Service

Here is the deal #FireStarters, we are all built to serve. We serve each day with kids in our classrooms and often in our communities as mentors, coaches, and even tutors. As we think about how to compound the contribution that we make, I want you to know that none of us is too young,...
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Why #RedforEd is a clarion call for change in education

Follow me on IG @thefiredup_teacher on Twitter @firedup_teacher I have watched this movement and in doing so wondered how to frame this post. For those of you who do not know, teachers in Los Angeles are on strike today. They are protesting a need for smaller classroom sizes, more accountability for charter schools, more school...
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Book Club Week 1!!

Join Dr. Kia at the lunch table for this first installment of Wednesday Book Club! Be sure to go to www.thefiredupteacher.com and look under the Resources tab so that you can keep up with the #FireStarter community each week!
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2019 Goals for Every Teacher

This year has brought quite a few twists and turns! Many of us began the year in once place and have thankfully grown to inhabit the space that we inhabit now.  Now that the year has come to an end, I want to share the things that resonated most with me and the lessons I...
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Mindset and Bias a Carol Dweck Reflection

You know Fire Starters, I was recently reading Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck. In it, she talks quite a bit about the importance of growth mindset and how we have to believe in our capabilities in order to see success. Her Growth Mindset Theory is essentially the idea that no matter how hard we try...
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Episode.14 10 Ways to STAY LIT before winter break!!

Join Dr. Kia as she counts down the top 10 ways to keep your fire burning in class this week! The week before break can be the MOST stressful of the year, these 10 tips will help you to have a smooth and informative week! PROMISE it’s your FAVORITE weekly PD!       http://traffic.libsyn.com/thefiredupteacher/Episode.14_10_Ways_to_Stay_LIT_this_week.mp3
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