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Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis is the Head of Middle School at Shorecrest, an independent private school in St. Petersburg, FL. He holds a BA in History and a Master of Arts in Teaching, both from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He has been a member of the Shorecrest community since 2003 when he joined the school as an 8th Grade English teacher and soccer coach.
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Recent Posts

Sitting is the New Smoking

Posted by Jonathan Davis on Dec 5, 2016 8:00:00 AM

(or, What I learned from the ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership 2016)

I was fortunate enough to attend my second Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Conference last month outside Washington D.C.  ASCD conferences focus on putting research based ideas into practice in the classroom.  Here are my three big takeaways from my three days at the conference.

 

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Topics: Middle School, Education Best Practice

Technology Hacks for Parents of Adolescents - Part II

Posted by Jonathan Davis on Oct 26, 2016 8:00:00 AM

It seems as though every time parents figure out the best way to guide and manage an adolescent's tech usage, it's a new app, website or workaround that takes parents back to square one! Here are three more hacks to help you keep your adolescent safe and smart online

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Topics: Middle School, Parenting, Technology

Technology Hacks for Parents of Adolescents - Part I

Posted by Jonathan Davis on Oct 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM

It’s hard keeping track of all of the tech that is out there these days. A lot of times our digital-native children know new apps and tools before parents do! Fortunately, there are some easy tips that will make parenting an adolescent in the 21st century a little easier.

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Topics: Middle School, Parenting, Technology

Classroom Design to Engage Students and Improve Learning

Posted by Jonathan Davis on Sep 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Middle School has changed dramatically from when I first stepped foot into Westwood Middle back in the 1980’s. While technology is a driving factor in the changes, the majority of improvements come from a better understanding of how students learn and what their needs are. From teachers looking to improve their classroom experience to families shopping for the best school for their student, here are four tips for designing a more engaging classroom.

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Topics: Inside Shorecrest, Middle School, Education Best Practice

Middle School: The Age of Opportunity

Posted by Jonathan Davis on Jan 4, 2016 10:34:00 AM

The negatives of middle school are plastered across the media spectrum; in fact, the best-selling author James Patterson even has a widely popular book titled, Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.

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Topics: Middle School, Parenting