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    22 Tips for Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

    22 Tips for Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    I am currently teaching a practicum where my students (who are actually teachers getting their master’s degree in special education) are teaching students with special needs. Some of these teachers are encountering students with autism for the first time and have felt some anxiety about this so they asked for some ideas and strategies to help them in the classroom. These ...
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    How Do I Keep My Students Interested?

    How Do I Keep My Students Interested?
    Maintaining interest in the subject matter is clearly one of the best things you can do for your teaching. If you are asked to give a speech, you want the audience to be receptive to the content of the speech. As a teacher, you must have an audience who listens and is interested in what you do. If you don’t, then ...
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    Are You An Intentional Teacher?

    Are You An Intentional Teacher?
    Ask the next ten teachers you meet why they picked education as a career and the majority will tell you that the decision was all about making a difference. The ones that have remained true to this mission, positive and dedicated in spite of countless challenges, frustrations, budget cuts, and much more, are those admirable leaders known as intentional teachers. Are ...
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    6 Ways to Lead for Learning

    6 Ways to Lead for Learning
    Being a school leader comes in many different forms but the most recognizable is the school administrator. This is the person that the community, teachers and students see as being the school leader, in some way or another. Tonight on Plurk, there was a good discussion about whether a principal needs to have teaching experience, how much, in what areas and ...
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    7 Must-Have Friends for Teachers

    7 Must-Have Friends for Teachers
    A successful work environment isn't controlled by one teacher. The entire school staff can make or break a work day. Ensure your school days go by in a flash by knowing which seven people hold the power. Next: 7 Must-Have Work Friends for Teachers
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    Can an Administrator Help You Be a Better Teacher?

    Can an Administrator Help You Be a Better Teacher?
    It is hard being an educator. People outside the educational field really don’t understand. Part of our inner child is what makes us the educators that we are and we need to make sure that we don’t lose it. We also need to make sure that we don’t lose sight of the world from a child’s eyes because that is what ...
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    Breaking the News of Your Pregnancy to Your Principal

    The test came back positive and you have relished in the news of your pregnancy when suddenly you are overwhelmed by the planning and preparation that comes with having a baby. Which car seat is the safest? Is it possible to find reasonably priced childcare? Will I ever sleep again? Names, names! How will we ever agree on a name? And ...
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    25 Actions to Grab Your Students’ Attention

    25 Actions to Grab Your Students’ Attention
    There are countless ways to wake up and shake up your students. Prepared teachers take time in advance of the lesson to prevent their students from being bored in class. They combine various techniques and try all sorts of new approaches to get their students engaged in a lesson. Don’t be afraid to try as many as it takes to get ...
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    A Nation Still at Risk: Real Education Reform Needed Now

    A Nation Still at Risk: Real Education Reform Needed Now
    In 1983 the landmark publication of the report A Nation at Risk seemed to shake our nation from its slumber regarding the scary truth about education in America. It detailed how there were serious problems in schools in this country and recommended fixes for what ailed schools. Unfortunately, twenty-eight years later there are still many things that are wrong in education, ...
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    Should Students Be Able to Grade Their Teachers?

    Should Students Be Able to Grade Their Teachers?
    My first year teaching in Compton, California, I asked some of my students who they thought was the meanest teacher in the school. The consensus was unanimous: "Ms. Wysinger is SO mean! She makes you do all your homework. If you don't, you miss your recess. And she's always giving quizzes. And you can't talk in her class." After a few ...
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    The Modern Educator is More Than a Teacher

    The Modern Educator is More Than a Teacher
    Why do classrooms and schools operate almost the same way they did 100 years ago? A group of middle schoolers from the Dallas-Fort Worth area began asking themselves this question during a class discussion of Orson Scott Card's science fiction novel Ender's Game. More importantly, they began to wonder, "Could children, using the internet, have a dramatic impact on the world ...
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    Teacher Accountability Does Not Equal Evaluations Tied to Test Scores

    Teacher Accountability Does Not Equal Evaluations Tied to Test Scores
    Here in New York State, Governor Cuomo is making it his business to tie teacher evaluations to standardized test scores. The teacher’s union is fighting it, and well they should, because judging teachers on their students’ test scores is about as fair as judging Cuomo on the state’s economic condition. In both cases no one would get rehired, and that is ...
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    What Teachers Can Learn from Hip-Hop Culture

    What Teachers Can Learn from Hip-Hop Culture
    I love hip hop, and when I was a classroom teacher, pretty much all of my students loved hip hop, too. So it's not far fetched to suggest that teachers working with low-income black and brown kids could learn a thing or two from the genre. At least, that's the thinking of teacher, hip-hop artist, and author Sam Seidel, who believes ...
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    Why Twitter is a Teacher's Best Tool

    Why Twitter is a Teacher's Best Tool
    Teachers are increasingly bringing the real-time communication power of Twitter into the classroom to help students learn. But I've come to the conclusion that it's great for helping teachers learn as well. Twitter has simply become one of the best places for teachers to collaborate, share solutions to common classroom problems, and discuss education policy. In fact, it might just be ...
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    Should Businesses Be Run Like Schools?

    If businesses operated like schools, we would first need to break the United States into geographic areas. It would be the responsibility of the businesses in that area to hire every adult in the area between the ages of 18 and 65. The businesses would have to hire everyone: the medically fragile (and provide nursing care), the developmentally delayed, those with ...
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    Gates & Pearson Education Team Up for National Curriculum

    Gates & Pearson Education Team Up for National Curriculum
    In case you missed it, about two weeks ago the Pearson Foundation announced that it was receiving funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to create a national K-12 curriculum. Gates ponied up $3 million to have Pearson develop 24 courses, 11 in math and 13 in English-Language Arts. At the announcement, both foundations positioned it as the next logical ...
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    All About Class Blogs

    All About Class Blogs
    What it is: Class Blogs is a fabulous new way for you to easily create and manage FREE classroom blogs! What makes Class Blogs so wonderful are all the extras that are built in. For example, with Class Blogs you can create a virtual classroom space. With just a few simple steps, you can create an online meeting space for your ...
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    28 Ways to Build Persistent & Confident Students

    28 Ways to Build Persistent & Confident Students
    One of the most frustrating situations for any teacher occurs when seemingly capable students won’t finish simple assignments or, even worse, won’t even attempt assignments that appear to be even slightly challenging. Students who stop working at the first moment of perceived difficulty are even more perplexing because their lack of persistence is often confused with laziness. While it may be ...
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    Three Ways to Cut Down On Grading

    Three Ways to Cut Down On Grading
    Grading is one of the most time consuming parts of teaching. The average high school teacher probably collects about 450 assignments per week! (90 students X 1 assignment per day) If you cut down on the amount of student work that you grade, then you will have more time to do such things as create engaging lesson plans, or you may ...
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    Teacher-Proofing Education Reform

    Teacher-Proofing Education Reform
    "There is no way you can say teachers are underpaid. At first I believed it, then I looked at the numbers. Teachers get paid for just 1,500 hours a year, not the 2,000 hours I have to work. And they CHOOSE to defer a third of their compensation for when they retire, getting a pension I never get. If anything, teachers ...
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