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    Teaching Changes: The Next Frontier

    Teaching Changes: The Next Frontier
    PBS recently offered a program titled "Growing Up Online"* an attempt to provide greater understanding of today's youth. A sociological exploration, if you will, into a generation that never knew corded telephones, typewriters, a library card catalog, or UHF television. A demographic that can't recall a pre-Internet world. A group we hope is being built on the notion of working smarter, ...
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    Government Grants for Teachers

    Government Grants for Teachers
    The government has many grant available to teachers, you just have to know where to look for them. Teaching has compiled recent list of grants sponsored by the government that you can browse below. Many of the grants are specifc to a subject area or location. As the grants that are sponsored by the government may not be renewed every year, ...
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    Educational Teacher Vacations: Pearl Harbor

    Educational Teacher Vacations: Pearl Harbor
    The USS Arizona Memorial is the final resting place for many of the battleship's 1,177 crew members who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. The Memorial commemorates the site where World War II began for the United States. Experience history through the national memorial's program tour, museum, and wayside exhibits. This is only one of the great sites to see ...
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    Presenting Knowtes: Flashcards 2.0

    Presenting Knowtes: Flashcards 2.0
    Knowtes is a flashcard based learning community (still in beta) that allows kids to build flashcard decks and study online. When students add a card to a Knowtes deck, it becomes due at optimized interval. The Knowtes Adaptive Learning Engine adjusts how frequently cards should be studied based on how well students know them. They can even watch their cards move ...
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    10 Ways to Create Positive Learning Experiences

    10 Ways to Create Positive Learning Experiences
    Hustle & Flow: Classroom Style The words hustle and flow describe one basic word to me: activity. I want my classroom to be full of activity. Productive activity. You may not agree with some of the things I'm writing, but remember, I'm suggesting these for the long-term effect they will have on the student culture and classroom atmosphere. The following are ...
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    Firing Teachers: Unfair Treatment or Justice?

    Firing Teachers: Unfair Treatment or Justice?
    In today's age of technology, it's hard to keep anything private. Technology is a great classroom tool, but this year, many teachers have found that it can also be used against them. Whether it's a comment in class, a video from a cell phone, or a social networking picture, everything seems to go viral. While most teachers err on the side ...
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    Should Parents Share the Blame for Education Pitfalls?

    Should Parents Share the Blame for Education Pitfalls?
    Who, exactly, is at fault for poorly performing schools? Based on what we read and hear and see in the media, there seems to be more than enough blame to go around. The feds are at fault for high-stakes testing. The state is at fault for inadequate funding. School districts are at fault for a host of reasons. And teachers ...
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    Arbor Day: April 25, 2008

    Arbor Day: April 25, 2008
    Nebraskans planted more than a million trees on April 10, 1872, in celebration of the first Arbor Day. The occasion fulfilled the dream of Julius Sterling Morton, a newspaper editor and former governor of the Nebraska Territory. Morton, an ardent proponent of forestation, lobbied for years for a holiday to encourage the planting of trees. In 1885, thirteen years after Arbor ...
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    School Isn’t For Everyone?

    School Isn’t For Everyone?
    It is hard for me to believe this and feel like a good teacher at the same time, but I do. Of course, I did feel better after reading there are worse things than dropping out of school from siobhan curious: classroom as microcosm, Siobhan Curious states, “I also think there needs to be a shift in social attitudes supported by ...
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    Teaching Outside the Box

    Teaching Outside the Box
    My first administrator went on to other things following my first year in the classroom, though I still saw him at least once a year as he breezed down the hall getting a handshake or hug here and there. He was a fairly hands-off kind of guy during my first year….I rarely saw him. He was a former basketball coach so ...
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    65 Things You Should Do Right Now To Avoid Burnout

    65 Things You Should Do Right Now To Avoid Burnout
    This past Tuesday, I took a day off of school. This is not normal for me, and I even had to fight my urge to go up to school and make sure things were running smoothly. I even drove up to the school and chose not to get out of the car. Why? Because I had a chance where I knew ...
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    Resources for Teachers to Promote Summer Learning

    Resources for Teachers to Promote Summer Learning
    The learning process should not take a break over the summer months! This is the last week of school in many states and students everywhere are eager to find refuge in the lazy hazy summer days that lay ahead. Many parents are wondering how they can keep their children’s mind active and engaged until September. Parents and educators have legitimate cause ...
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    The "Golden Girls" Guide to Telling a Great Story

    The "Golden Girls" Guide to Telling a Great Story
    I am not ashamed to admit that The Golden Girls is one of my favorite all-time shows. It still stands as one of the funniest, sharpest sitcoms ever, and was successful with a cast and premise you would never see on today's shows. As I do with everything, I have been watching this show through the eyes of a teacher. Not ...
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    5 Teacher Tips on Getting Through Negative Situations

    5 Teacher Tips on Getting Through Negative Situations
    Confronting new classroom situations is part of every teacher’s job. The challenge is of course, how to cope with the tension in the most effective way. I received this email last week from a teacher who feels stuck. “I teach a combo 7th-8th grade elective and the behavior is getting worse.There are a few students who are disrespectful and they make ...
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    Is Public Education Failing Black Male Students?

    Is Public Education Failing Black Male Students?
    A 50-state report from the Schott Foundation for Public Education has come to a dispiriting conclusion: public education is failing black male students. Nationwide, the graduation rate for this demographic of students is a paltry 47 percent. And in some major cities, it's perilously low—in New York City and Philadelphia, for example, only 28 percent of black males complete high school ...
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    Is Teaching Hard Work?

    Is Teaching Hard Work?
    Teaching is hard work and those of us who teach work very hard indeed. Sometimes the work is in the planning, sometimes in the instruction, sometimes in the guidance of students, and sometimes the work is in figuring out what works best for us as teachers working with our students in our classrooms. The beauty of this last type of work ...
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    A Consulting Teacher

    A Consulting Teacher
    I am now a “consulting teacher” in my school district. So far my understanding is that a consulting teacher works with another tenured teacher who is in danger of losing their teaching position. Sounds to me like a teacher coach. Could you imagine marching into a colleagues classroom dressed in gray sweats and blowing a whistle? But I digress. All teachers ...
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    25 Tips for Less Stress

    25 Tips for Less Stress
    1. Drink Water 2. Wake Up Earlier 3. Eliminate Junk Food 4. Increase Healthy Foods 5. Kill Your TV 6. Declutter Your Desk 7. Declutter Your Desktop 8. Declutter Your Inbox 9. Declutter Your House 10. Declutter Your Car 11. Reduce Paperwork 12. Reduce Responsibilities 13. Reduce Phone Calls 14. Reduce Possessions 15. Reduce Your Lifestyle [widget:966] 16. Deepen Your ...
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    A Little Swine Flu To Go With Your Learning?

    A Little Swine Flu To Go With Your Learning?
    Anyone? No? As most schools are, we are currently on Swine Flu Watch. Unfortunately, my classroom has turned into something resembling a hospital waiting room what with all the allergy issues, asthma related breathing problems, spring colds and hacking coughs. But I am vigilant. Vigilant in my search for Swine Flu-esque symptoms. Or really, any symptoms that say Why the Heck ...
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    20 Cheap Ways to Decorate Your Classroom

    20 Cheap Ways to Decorate Your Classroom
    1. Word Wall Example: How to Use a Word Wall 2. Weekly Contest 3. College corner (featuring your alma mater) 4. Examples of great work from your former students 5. Artwork, pictures and notes from your former students 6. Class job postings 7. Subject-related news articles 8. Subject-related career articles 9. A PostSecret-style project - My students came up with something ...
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