Best Year Ever!

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  • Great Teachers Master the Science and Art of Teaching


    “Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion.” –Martha Graham– I believe technique and passion are essential in order to be truly great at whatever you do!  However, passion provides the magic that can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.  It’s what makes a person or their [...]

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  • Student Engagement That Leads To Success


    “Never mistake activity for achievement.” –John Wooden– I can’t help but wonder what Coach John Wooden, the UCLA men’s basketball coach that won 10 national championships during his career, would think after watching my students spending hours working to complete their Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) state standardized tests.  To casual observers, they may walk [...]

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  • Use Praise and Recognition to Keep Your Team Motivated


    “There are two things people want more than sex and money…recognition and praise.” –Mary Kay Ash– REALLY?!!!  Recognition and praise more than sex and money…Wow!…I knew they were important, but I had no idea they were 1st and 2nd on the list!!  I would have guessed a very close 3rd and 4th place on the [...]

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  • Now Is a Great Time to be Involved in Education


    “Great moments are born from great opportunity!” –Herb Brooks– Now is a great time to be involved in education. How could I possibly say now is a great time to be involved in education when we are facing so many challenges with seemingly fewer and fewer resources? It is true. Education faces many challenges that [...]

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  • Five Statements To Empower Your Team


    “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” –Bill Gates– I want to quickly share with you five positive statements you can use with your students throughout the school year to help empower them and let them know you care about them.  Four of the statements came from [...]

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  • Leaders Challenge the Process


    “Leaders are pioneers–people who are willing to step out into the unknown. They search for opportunities to innovate, grow, and improve.” –The Leadership Challenge– I am 26 years into my teaching career and in many ways I feel like I am a rookie teacher starting over again in my classroom.  With the ongoing financial crisis [...]

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  • Newsflash: Three Tips to Make Your Discipline Policy Successful


    “Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.” –George Washington– As I continue to work at the start of my school year to establish my team rules and consequences, I have been thinking a lot about a short segment I saw on [...]

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  • Telling Your Students You Care Can Help Lead Them to Their Best Year Ever!


    “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”  –Theodore Roosevelt– Early in my career, I worked next to this much older teacher that, at times, scared me to death.  He wore a tie and a white, short-sleeved shirt every day. In the winter he would keep a window in his [...]

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  • Commit to Making This Your “Best Year Ever!”


    “Success in life comes not from holding a good hand, but in playing a poor hand well.” –Denis Waitley– One of the most frequent questions I get asked every year — especially during these challenging times in education — is “With everything going on, how can you possibly make this your ‘Best Year Ever!’ ?” [...]

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  • Honk If You Love Your Team


    I spend a lot of time “Up North” each summer enjoying the peace, quiet and beauty that northern Michigan has to offer.  That is until the Canadian geese fly over my cottage each evening in their familiar “V” formation honking away like mad shattering that tranquility.  You can hear them honking back and forth at [...]

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  • Radio Interview with Bill Cecil


    From Inside Michigan Education By Rob Huisingh Bill Cecil has taught for 22 years in the Waverly Community School District, he is the author of a book titled Best Year Ever! Winning Strategies to Thrive in Today’s Classroom and in 2003-04, Bill represented all Michigan teachers as teacher of the year during that year. Bill [...]

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  • We Can Do This!


    Bill Cecil presents his talk “We Can Do This! Spreading an Epidemic of Hope and Determination” before Lansing School District faculty in this 6 part series. Brought to you by the Michigan Institute for Educational Management.

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