Karren Colbert
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  • Blue Springs, MO
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Write Brained Learning Consulting
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http://www.writebrainedteacher.blogspot.com
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http://writebrainedlearning.com
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About Me
I'm a former fourth grade teacher, reading teacher, and instructional coach. In 2009 I started Write Brained Learning and work full time as an educational consultant.

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What Makes a Good Teacher?

Posted on March 11, 2010 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

I just finished reading "Building a Better Teacher" and I have to say, I feel worried.

I’m worried that people in the business of teaching teachers claim that successful teaching depends partially on an innate ability. The un-teachable teacher…is that not the ultimate oxymoron?

I’ll agree that some people seem to possess natural talent for teaching, but I think that’s true of most professions. What…

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A Smile in My Pocket

Posted on February 21, 2010 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

"What is in your pocket?" I asked Natalie. She had recently discovered the joy of storing small trinkets in her pockets. (I discovered her new habit after a tube of melted Chapstick wrecked havoc on a load of laundry.)

"I only have a smile in my pocket," she replied with a smile and I couldn't help but smile myself.

Sometimes little people have the biggest and best ideas. I'm mean, why shouldn't I keep a smile,…

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Rethinking Grades and Effort

Posted on February 17, 2010 at 5:27am 2 Comments

Should effort be a part of a student's grade?

Earlier this week I attempted to answer this question with a brief response. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that such a big question was deserving of a big response, so here's my long answer.

I think effort is important, REALLY important. The reason that I had such a hard time answering this question is that I really, REALLY think grades are overrated. A good grade might get a child free…

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5 Teacher Movies That Motivate

Posted on February 13, 2010 at 10:38pm 2 Comments

Grab some popcorn, a soda, and one of these inspiring flicks to renew your educational energy:

1) The Miracle Worker (This movie has been remade several times, but the Patty Duke version is my personal favorite!)

2) To Sir, With Love

3) Finding Forrester (Not a teacher movie in the traditional sense, but still fabulous and it stars Sean Connery, which in my book is reason enough to watch. Connery is a reclusive writing prodigy who mentors an…

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