The Power of Pre-decisions

from January 11th, 2019 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

This past Sunday, Dr. Mark Batterson shared a great message with his congregation at the National Community Church in Washington, D.C., about the importance of making pre-decisions. In his message, Dr. Batterson explained the phenomenon of “decision fatigue” and the impact it has on each of us daily. Because decision making is a mental exercise, it’s easy […]

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Making New Mistakes

from December 21st, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

I know I got some things right this semester, and on some things, I know I was way, way off (see: communication of yesterday’s MS testing schedule and checkout procedures for a quick example). My goal next semester is to get more things right and fewer things wrong. Isn’t that the definition of learning? Tim […]

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Identifying the Right Metrics

from December 14th, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

Each year as we wrap up semesters and school years, it’s not uncommon for me to question if we’re on the right track. I guess it’s the idea that, as the saying goes, it’s difficult to see the painting when you’re in the frame. On most days, we follow our “normal” bell schedule, having a […]

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Changin’ It Up

from December 7th, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

Due to the matinee performance of Peter and the Starcatcher on Friday, we had to make a few changes by having our high school chapel in the atrium. It would have been much easier to move it to the gym. Pull the bleachers out, hook up the soundboard, and presto— we’re ready. Having it in the atrium […]

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from November 30th, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

To be an all-star, just remember the 5 Ds of dodgeball— dodge, duck, dip, dive, and… dodge.” — Patches O’Houlihan What a week on Mustang Mountain! Even though they’re two completely different events, the elementary and secondary Track Attack days have grown to become great traditions for CAC students. For elementary students, it’s a day […]

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A Fireplace

from November 16th, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

Until we moved this summer, I had never lived in a house with a working fireplace. Several of my friends had them growing up, and many of my friends today have them, but I’ve never had the experience of sitting in my own living room around an open fire on a cold day. Until Wednesday. With […]

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The Whirlwind

from November 9th, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

Whirlwind is a great descriptive term for the urgent day-to-day activities necessary for our school to run each day. Create unit plans and lesson plans Gather supplies and make copies Record attendance Make-up work for absent students Dress code checks Classroom management Teach Grade papers Analyze assessment data from homework, quizzes, and tests Updating grades Manage […]

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November is Here

from November 2nd, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

Tonight our varsity football team wraps up their regular season with senior night and gears up for the playoffs, and on Monday, we’ll kick-off the basketball season with Mustang Madness. It’s hard to believe we’re already in November! As it seems each year, the year has gone by so fast! And as with most things, […]

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A Culture of Readers

from October 26th, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

During my first few weeks at CAC, I noticed something very different about our students: many of them were readers. Not the “I have to read so I’m reading” type; instead, several of the then-8th graders were the “Do you mind if I read when we’re finished with this assignment?” type. Since my first year […]

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It’s Report Card Time (Again)

from October 19th, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

Last year, I shared the post below, and several of you took me up on it and asked for feedback from your students— so I’m sharing it again! If you asked students to grade you last year, are you going to do it again? If you didn’t, what if you did this year? In an […]

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