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    10 Technology Enhanced Alternatives to Book Reports

    10 Technology Enhanced Alternatives to Book Reports
    The most dreaded word in school reading for students: book reports. Teachers assign them, viewing them as a necessary component of assessing reading comprehension. Book reports can be a contributing factor to 'readicide'. "Read-i-cide n: The systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by the inane, mind-numbing practices found in schools." http://stenhouse.com/html/readicide.htm. So, how can we as teachers continue ...
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    How to Approach Behavior Problems in Class

    How to Approach Behavior Problems in Class
    From elementary to high school, managing behavior is by far the most difficult part of being a teacher. Problem behaviors come in a variety of forms, from a young child hitting to a teenager disrupting your lesson. Children also come to school with a variety of emotional and life challenges, which may make their problem behaviors seem complex and difficult to ...
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    Top 10 Technology Tips for New Teachers

    Top 10 Technology Tips for New Teachers
    Being a first year teacher can be overwhelming to say the least. There is new curriculum to learn, unfamiliar school policies, classroom management challenges, and new teammates. Technology can help to ease some of these first year growing pains. 1. Develop a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter. Twitter is an excellent place for new teachers to connect, collaborate, share ideas, ...
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    10 Things to Do When You Only Have 5 Minutes Left in Class

    10 Things to Do When You Only Have 5 Minutes Left in Class
    You've completed your lessons for the day, but you still have some time left and a group of eager students with nothing productive to do. What can you do in this time to keep your class under control until the bell rings? Here is a list of 10 things to do when you only have 5 minutes left in class. h4. ...
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    10 Things a Teacher Should Never Do

     10 Things  a Teacher Should Never Do
    No matter how many years of experience you have under your belt, there are certain things that teachers should never do. Not only are the things on this list pushing the ethical envelope, they could also be damaging to your career. I'm sure Teaching readers could help make this list longer, but I've narrowed it to ten things I feel are ...
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    Powerful Quotes for Teachers

    Quote #1:If kids come to us from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important. -Barbara Colorose Continue to Quote #2 → [page] Quote #2:Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops. Henry Brooks Adams Continue to Quote ...
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    How to Be an Engaging Teacher

    How to Be an Engaging Teacher
    The single most important element of a successful classroom is a teacher who designs assignments that keep the students engaged in learning. It helps if these assignments are also fun to complete. Disciplines issues including acting out, tardiness to class, and even failing students can be minimized and maybe even eliminated IF you, the teacher, think innovatively and make a focused ...
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    10 Things Your Students Won't Tell You

    1. You Aren't Their Favorite Teacher Students will tell you that you are in fact their favorite teacher. They want to make good grades and stay off your bad list. But the truth is, student opinions change with the wind. Don't put a lot of stock into what students think about you or how popular a teacher you seem to be. ...
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    How To: Deal with an Oppositional and Defiant Student

    How To:  Deal with an Oppositional and Defiant Student
    We all know the type of kid; he or she may be your biggest headache. They are hostile to you and their peers, they don’t seem to listen, and don’t do what they are told. Its almost like they want to upset you. It seems like the more you try to manage them the more they resist…. Sound Familiar? Students with ...
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    50 Best-Kept Secrets of Teaching

    50 Best-Kept Secrets of Teaching
    Because becoming an accomplished educator requires passion, dedication, and deliberation, many of the most valuable lessons that any teacher can have must be learned the hard way: though experience. Sometimes, if we are lucky enough to learn from a positive experience, we will want to repeat it. And sometimes we gain valuable insights from an event so unfortunate that we vow ...
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    5 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers

    5 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers
    Here is some detailed information about some of the procedures I set up in my own life that have allowed me to be more effective. These 5 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers may help teachers who are struggling to maintain their sanity. Habit 1:Communication Procedures Without question, one of the most essential elements of any good relationship is clear and open ...
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    11 Grammar Mistakes to Avoid

    Professional writers often worry that their work is unnecessary. After all, can't anyone with even a basic education write? The answer: no, they can't. Even college graduates don't seem to be learning composition basics. Of course not everyone is going to be the next Mark Twain, but career success does depend on avoiding certain errors. It takes just one person ...
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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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    10 Steps to Becoming a Great Teacher

    10 Steps to Becoming a Great Teacher
    Congratulations! First of all, I want to congratulate you on taking the first step of this journey toward becoming a great teacher! I can’t even begin to describe for you the exciting possibilities that await you as you move through these lessons and begin to come over to the other side. If your experiences are anything like mine as I ...
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    Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction

    Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction
    One of the major benefits of using technology in the classroom is the ability to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of every student in every lesson. Just as every student grows and develops at different rates, they learn in different ways and at different speeds. Technology makes it possible to pace lessons appropriately for each student's learning level and can ...
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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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    Use Caution with Gestures in Class

    Use Caution with Gestures in Class
    Very few gestures are universally understood and interpreted. What is perfectly acceptable in the United States may be rude, or even obscene, in other cultures. It is important for mainstream teachers to understand how the gestures they use unconsciously may be misunderstood. This activity allows participants to look a little closer at how body language might be interpreted by English Language ...
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    Why Bill Nye The Science Guy and I Will Never Be Friends

    Why Bill Nye The Science Guy and I Will Never Be Friends
    Seriously. This really isn't a joke...it sounds funny, but really, it is somewhat tragic. Every single time I attempt a science experiment, without fail, the science experiment will either fail or yield some bizarre results that end up reinforcing the exact opposite idea in my students. Last year, because of an experiment gone wrong, I may have inadvertently taught an entire ...
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    5 Characteristics of a Well-Managed 21st Century Classroom

    5 Characteristics of a Well-Managed 21st Century Classroom
    Should teachers still worry about students who chew gum? What should we do about those students whose cell phones ring in class? How should we react when we hear students using offensive language? As teachers, we wonder what to do about these and the countless other behaviors that we witness each school day. Are these the issues that should concern us ...
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    55 Things a New Teacher Should Know

    55 Things a New Teacher Should Know
    This week's question for Julia is from a member who has just begun a teacher certification program and isn't sure what happens when you first become a teacher. *_Dear Julia,_* I have just begun a teacher certification program. What I want to know is what happens after you are hired and before the school year starts? Are you shown to your ...
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