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    Don’t Overlook Mediocre Students

    Don’t Overlook Mediocre Students
    “A few days ago, I posted this on Facebook, ‘Teacher thought for the day..... If I grew up exactly like my student did, with the same advantages and disadvantages, the same parents, the same life, I would act the same way they do. Sure, as we get older, we can choose the person we want to be. But, until we are ...
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    Social Media Failure in Our School Districts

    Social Media Failure in Our School Districts
    By now, we've all heard the concerns about social media in the K-12 setting. The fears of teachers revealing their personal lives of Facebook. The worry of what can be accessed and posted on YouTube, revealing the good, bad, and ugly of the 21st century classroom. Even ongoing tweets about both policy and practice in the classroom or the central office. ...
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    Better Solutions to Classroom Interruptions

    Better Solutions to Classroom Interruptions
    Q: “What do you do with kids that continually interrupt you in the classroom?” At the beginning of the year, I state my expectations. One of them (a big one) is Respect Others. By interrupting, we are not respecting others because we are saying that we are more important than them. Sometimes it helps the students when they see it in ...
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    The Best Way to Identify Gifted Students

    The Best Way to Identify Gifted Students
    Two weeks ago, the New York State Department of Education announced that it sought a better way of identifying gifted students in its public schools. The move is intended to help find talented students amongst lower income and minority populations, which are underrepresented in current accelerated classrooms. An interesting conversation on the subject is taking place over at The New York ...
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    Five Ways for Single Teachers to Have a Great Summer!

    Five Ways for Single Teachers to Have a Great Summer!
    As teachers, we all look forward to hearing that last bell of the year. There is a certain euphoria as we lock up our classrooms and say goodbye for the summer. However, as a single person, if you don’t have a plan, then that euphoria can soon turn into boredom and depression. There are several reasons why the summer can be ...
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    Zero Waste School Lunch

    Zero Waste School Lunch
    It boggles the mind if you think about it too much: one child, one lunch a day, for 13 years. A typical kid can produce 67 pounds of lunch trash each year, easily ending their school career with their own personal landfill of trash produced only at lunchtime. Our school, the Austin Discovery School, has no hot lunch program. So children ...
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    Should Teachers Friend Their Students?

    Should Teachers Friend Their Students?
    On Facebook, how classroom rules do and do not apply. In real life, people don't just usually walk right up to you and ask you to be their friend. Little kids do, I guess, but adults generally see that sort of question as just plain weird. I think of this sometimes when my students friend me on Facebook—adding yet another ...
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    Who’s to Blame for Boys’ Low Academic Test Scores?

    Who’s to Blame for Boys’ Low Academic Test Scores?
    “Girls go to college to get more knowledge. Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider.” I heard this rhyme over and over growing up, and I have to admit that it has played a role in forming my view of the differences between the sexes. As an adult, I assumed this idea—that girls were more conscientious and dedicated to their ...
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    June is a Good Time for Reflection

    June is a Good Time for Reflection
    Okay, teachers, you have made it to June. If you are a first year teacher, you are feeling pretty good about getting this far and think it's almost over. You know you are fortunate because some first year teachers do not make it past Christmas. If you are a veteran teacher, you have been through this all before. You have the ...
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    Parents and Teachers Urged to Celebrate Summer Learning

    Parents and Teachers Urged to Celebrate Summer Learning
    Research shows that all children experience learning loss when they don’t have educational activities during the summer. High-quality summer programs help keep kids engaged in learning. This summer, communities around the country will hold events to raise awareness of the importance of high-quality summer learning opportunities in the lives of youth and their families. The highlight is Summer Learning Day on ...
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    Summer Learning Through Listening

    Summer Learning Through Listening
    I just read this article on LD Online called Crickets, Books, and Bach: Develop a Summer Listening Program by David Gordon. I know that there are a lot of summer reading programs around but what about the students who have difficulty reading? I’m not saying that we shouldn’t encourage them to read but we can also get them to learn about ...
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    Energy-Efficient Classrooms the Answer?

    Energy-Efficient Classrooms the Answer?
    California’s classroom conditions are among the worst in the nation, according to studies by the Air Resources Board and the Department of Health Services. Some 85,000 trailers—euphemistically dubbed “learning cottages” by manufacturers—pepper the state's poorest districts. Cheaply built and designed to be towed down the highway, the trailers were originally intended to provide a temporary solution for student overflow. However, they've ...
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    9 End of Year Lessons for Students

    9 End of Year Lessons for Students
    Now is the perfect time to ensure that life’s lessons remain paramount. From the kindergarten classroom to the college campus, a young person's school environment and the people in it are their community. It is within this community, though academically focused, that they learn and practice many of life's most important lessons. Rather than allowing another school year to draw to ...
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    Surviving the Month of May

    Surviving the Month of May
    Excuse the following trite beginning….I simply couldn’t help myself. May…it is the worst of times….it is the best of times. The month of May can be classified as the worst of times because testing has been over for at least three weeks. Students pretty much shut down after the final answer has been bubbled, answer sheets have been checked for stray ...
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    8 Ways to Prepare for the End of School

    8 Ways to Prepare for the End of School
    Most dedicated teachers try to work relentlessly until the very last day of school, putting off any work that would make that day and teacher workdays that follow less stressful and more efficient. Whether you have a few days or a few weeks left, here’s a few simple steps to make your life a little bit easier on those last few ...
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    Is It Ever Okay to Physically Restrain a Student?

    Is It Ever Okay to Physically Restrain a Student?
    This past week at my school, a security guard was put on administrative leave for physically restraining a middle-school student for a viscous verbal assault. As someone who has witnessed numerous harmful verbal and physical incidents with this particular student, it is difficult not to jump to the conclusion that the student deserved to be disciplined in this way. He told ...
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    Help Students Understand Facebook Privacy

    Help Students Understand Facebook Privacy
    Facebook is the primary social network most of our students are accessing to manage their social lives. Are they going to stop using it anytime soon? No, they’re not. They’re not going to stop because it’s their communication platform- it’s where their friends are and it’s how they plan their lives. And that’s why we have to understand how it works ...
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    Helping Slower and Lower Performing Learners

    Helping Slower and Lower Performing Learners
    You may have noticed already that your slower and lower performing learners have been labeled as discipline problems. Often, their behavior has nothing to do with motivation, but rather with their low self-image and low present level of proficiency. They may lack self-discipline or have a short concentration span. You might have experienced their negative attitude towards school and teachers. When ...
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    Is Your Relationship Hurting Your Teaching Career?

    Is Your Relationship Hurting Your Teaching Career?
    No one ever said being a teacher was easy. Throw a relationship into the mix and you’ve got career suicide, right? Wrong. While we’d all love to forgo a day of work in exchange for a fun-filled day with our significant other, having a strong relationship doesn’t mean your occupational goals have to suffer. It’s quite the opposite! Extensive research on ...
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    The Perfect Recipe for Student Success

    The Perfect Recipe for Student Success
    Wellness in the Schools and the Greenhouse Project have perfected the recipe for kids' success. Before Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, there was already a rebellion brewing in Manhattan. In 2005, former teacher and principal Nancy Easton co-founded Wellness in the Schools (with Kirsten Brashares and Rachel Tore) to demand healthy food in public schools. "One plate at a time. One school ...
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