Author: Dr. Christina Podraza

The Purpose of Education Is to What???

  Audio version of this post. I’ll admit it. When I go to parties I can’t help myself.  As much as I try to avoid it, I inevitably talk about education. Especially if there’s beer.  One good IPA will get me waxing poetic about my vision of education for pretty much the entire night. I’ve

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Teaching Like a Coach – Part One

I’ve had a lot of great conversations since starting this blog about teaching and coaching and how the two are intertwined.  Two of the questions that have come up a lot are  How do you ACTUALLY teach like a coach?  What does that look like in real practice?   This has gotten me to reflect about my

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Taking the Time to Be the Difference

If you were to ask me why I got into education I would tell you a simple fact: I LOVE working with students.   Seeing their eyes light up when they learn something new.   Building on their strengths.   Showing them they can achieve ANYTHING. Except when I really think about it, I don’t know that ALL

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When You’ve Had One Too Many Google Slides

Audio version of this post. Email at 9:30 p.m. Sunday night.  Tomorrow school is cancelled due to inclement weather.  (Cue the cheering) Email at 9:45 p.m.  All admin must still report to fulfill their contractual obligation. (Cue the booing) Not gonna lie.  That last email didn’t exactly make my night, BUT it did lead to

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What Defines Us

“Why would you want to be like anyone else?” Trying to figure out how many times I have been asked this question would be like attempting to count the number of shoes in a Kardashian closet.  More than a hypothetical question meant to ward off bad behavior, if you grew up in my house, it was

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A Good Question Can Solve Any Problem

Audio version of this post. Judge a Man By His Questions Rather Than By His Answers Seven years ago I would have seriously struggled with this quote.  Coming out of the classroom into the role of an instructional coach, I thought my sole purpose was to solve any problem that was brought my way.  In some

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