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    Top 10 Secrets of Successful Classroom Management

    Top 10 Secrets of Successful Classroom Management
    When Richard Eyster encountered Jennifer Longley at an education conference, he was delighted to learn she had entered the teaching profession. He remembered Jennifer as a bright and good-natured student in his third grade class twelve years earlier. But when they met for lunch, she opened up to him about her frustrating struggle to maintain control of her high school English ...
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    40 Active Learning Strategies for Active Students

    40 Active Learning Strategies for Active Students
    One of the most obvious ways to increase your classroom charisma is to increase the amount of active learning in your class. Not only will you find it easier to keep students engaged during one of the most difficult times of the year (the warm weather days of spring), but you will find that your students will retain information with greater ...
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    3 Ways to Partner With Parents for a Successful School Year

    3 Ways to Partner With Parents for a Successful School Year
    The key to a successful school year is positive parental involvement. To develop successful partnerships with your students’ parents, try the following three-step approach: 1.) Open the Lines of Communication • Send home a detailed welcome letter the first day of school, or mail it before school starts. The letter should contain information about yourself, your policies and the curriculum. Most ...
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    The SECRET Teacher Supply List

    The SECRET Teacher Supply List
    I consider these items to be absolutely indispensable in the classroom. They have multiple uses and help you avoid problems that you probably haven't thought about. 1. Painter's Tape This special tape doesn't stick to anything permanently, but sticks strongly enough to leave until you're ready to take it off. You can use this to section off your board, floor, walls, ...
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    Welcome to Teaching

    _*Hello and welcome to Teaching!*_ Teaching is a diverse community of aspiring and current educators that want to support each other and advance their careers. Think of it as social networking with great career resources. We have a very active group of members from the veteran teacher, career changer, and even the pre-college student. Mentoring and career building is a good ...
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    What You Can Do for Students Living in Poverty

    What You Can Do for Students Living in Poverty
    Millions of school-age students in America live in poverty. You don’t have to teach in a blighted urban area or a depressed rural region to teach students who are from a poor family. The lives of poor students are often very different from those of their more affluent peers. They cannot look forward to an abundance of presents on their birthday. ...
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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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    Relationships in the First-Year Teacher’s Classroom

    Relationships in the First-Year Teacher’s Classroom
    As my first year of teaching moves forward, I am beginning to see the impact of relationships I have with my students. We all know from personal experience and moving stories we’ve heard that a relationship between a child with few resources and a teacher or coach who can provide some stability can affect the course of that student’s life. To ...
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    The Ten Principles of Motivation

    The Ten Principles of Motivation
    Motivating students is a complicated business no matter what age they may be. When students want to complete their work and want to succeed, things will go well in your classroom--they will learn and you will have a rewarding day at school. Here are ten very brief ideas that I find useful in my teaching practice. 1. All learning must have ...
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