ICYMI Our Best Posts from this Summer

As Labor Day brings the unofficial end of summer and the start of another school year, Four O’Clock Faculty presents some of our most popular posts from this summer which you may have missed.

Try to simplify your class rules to improve the culture in your classroom. Apply these Six Simple Words to give students a daily mission and mantra to improve relationships and build community with your students.

Six SImple Words.

How did Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr’s high school music teacher encourage (or not encourage) their musical talents and abilities? Check out Creativity & Encouragement to learn how to best encourage your own students and their creative abilities.


My Relationship with Books explores the books that have made a difference in my life, from Where the Red Fern Grows and A Separate Piece when I was a child to The Alchemist and Malcolm Gladwell’s books as an adult.  

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How can you improve voice and choice in your classroom or school? #4OCF Visuals explored voice and choice with both students and teachers.

5 Ways to Improve Voice-Choice

5 Ways to Improve Voice-Choice for Ts in PD

In Learning Lab, #4OCF presented 5 collaboration strategies for the math classroom, in order to improve discussion and critical thinking among students.

Collaborative Math

Ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed, and not know how to fix it? Consider these 10 things when you wake up on the wrong side of the bed in order to make it a better day.

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Let them play, read, and explore! This summer, I asked about how to best engage my own children, and students and teachers that I work with on a daily basis. We can find the right activities to engage learners by asking two simple questions: Is it meaningful? Is it relevant?  

Meaningful and Relevant

What do the Dropkick Murphys have to do with what we value in education? What is this noise explores the different values that educators bring to their own professional learning, and how some values might contradict each other, but in the end, educators must ask What do WE value.

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