Teaching "critical noncognitive/21st century skills" such as ingenuity, collaboration and perseverance, and encouraging more boys to become classroom teachers are among the five goals that Arkansas elementary-school teacher Justin Minkel has for himself in 2014. Among the other goals he writes about in this blog post are to avoid using war metaphors such as "in the trenches" to describe teaching, to collaborate and laugh more with students in the new year.

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