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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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    Awkward Conversation #247 at School

    Awkward Conversation #247 at School
    As a school psychologist, I get many little notes in my mailbox when I enter my school building. They are usually cryptic and anonymous: Check in with Darius. He’s sad Susana wrote in her journal that she wanted to hurt herself. Can you see her? Not signed. No last names. Detective Branstetter is on the case. One I got the a ...
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    Survey Reveals What Students Really Think of Teachers

    Survey Reveals What Students Really Think of Teachers
    Pearson recently released My Voice Student Aspirations Survey. The survey focused on eight areas of student aspirations: Belonging, Heroes, Sense of Accomplishment, Fun & Excitement, Curiosity & Creativity, Spirit of Adventure, Leadership & Responsibility, and Confidence to Take Action. The survey questioned more than 400,000 students in grades 6-12, representing 569 different schools and 32 different states. Each student answered 57 ...
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    How Would Your Students Evaluate Your Teaching?

    How Would Your Students Evaluate Your Teaching?
    In my district, I am evaluated twice. Is that enough to identify areas of improvement, provide targeted professional development and feedback, and measure its impact on student achievement? Absolutely not. I say don’t wait or hope for administration to tell you how you are doing or what you can improve on. Rather, use the single most important resource in your class: ...
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    Quizzing Works, the Evidence Says

    Quizzing Works, the Evidence Says
    The level of evidence supporting the use of quizzing is strong based on nine experimental studies examining the effects of this practice for improving K-12 students’ performance on academic content or classroom performance, over 30 experimental studies that examined the effect of this strategy for improving college students’ academic performance, and the large number of carefully controlled laboratory experiments that have ...
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    30 Students Quoted: What a Perfect School Should Be

    I did a writing across the curriculum exercise where students described what their perfect school would be like. Some of the students had really good insights and I thought I would share my student quotes with you. Quote #1 "My perfect school would be a night time school." Next page: Quote #2 [page] Quote #2 "Kids will be given a laptop ...
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    Why Grading on the Curve Hurts

    Why Grading on the Curve Hurts
    Remember the game of musical chairs? It's the game where children dance around a circle of chairs to music. When the music stops, kids rush to sit in the chairs. There are never enough chairs for everyone, and the slowest children are out of the game once the faster children have found seats. The game is set up so that for ...
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    The Red Ink Myth

    The Red Ink Myth
    Few students have ever gone through school without the experience of laboring on an assignment only to have it returned covered in exasperated red ink. Several years ago the trend was for teachers to forgo red ink-as if those terse comments would somehow be less harsh in purple, green, or orange. Today’s educators, however, know that there are many different ways ...
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    5 Ways to Quit Taking it Personally

    [photo:86610]Sometimes the biggest on-the-job hazard for teachers is not being able to let things go. We think about our students, school, our principal, our evaluations, and parent interactions all day. We want things to go perfectly, and when they don't, we're devastated and disappointed. Finding success at work and at home is finding ways to not take things so personally. Teaching ...
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    Assessment Methods: Easy For You or Best For Them?

    Assessment Methods: Easy For You or Best For Them?
    Do you remember watching the television show Make a Wish? For a while, it was televised on Saturday, but I mainly remember seeing it if we played hooky from church on Sunday. The star of the show was Tom Chapin. One site reminds my cobwebbed covered mind that Chapin would introduce the topic of the show like this – “I think ...
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    Why Do We Give Grades?

    Why Do We Give Grades?
    Grades are given to document academic progress, right? But there are common pitfalls in grading, according to Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom by Rick Wormeli. 1. Avoid nonacademic factors (behavior, attendance, etc.) 2. Avoid penalizing for multiple attempts at mastery. 3. Avoid grading homework. 4. Avoid recording zeros for work not done 5. Avoid group ...
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    Building Relationships Through Assessments

    Building Relationships Through Assessments
    Does this sound familiar? Student: “What grade did you give me?” Teacher: “No, the correct question is, ‘What grade did you earn?’” No matter how many times we explain to students that they earn grades, instead of being given grades, the fact remains … students do not always understand how they earn their grades. Since assigning letter grades first appeared in ...
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    Using Rubrics to Increase Teacher Effectiveness

    Using Rubrics to Increase Teacher Effectiveness
    With standard assessment based practices, it’s not always easy for teachers to monitor the learning and growth of their students. When students are given a “C,” or a comment like “good work” - how is it possible for them to know what they did well versus what they didn’t? How can students improve their work and how can teachers improve their ...
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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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    Teaching Students to Accept Criticism

    Teaching Students to Accept Criticism
    I really don’t think we teach our students how to accept criticism and learn from it. Most teens get defensive and shut down but learning from criticism can be a positive experience if we choose for that to happen. When I was trying to get my students into the work place, one of the items on their evaluations was a question ...
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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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    First Days of School and Pre-Assessing Students

    First Days of School and Pre-Assessing Students
    Already into the first week of the school year, you will want to determine the specific needs of your students. This can be accomplished by conducting an informal needs analysis or pre-assessment. A pre-assessment is an organizational tool to help you identify differences between current performance and desired performance. It allows you to determine what the students already know and what ...
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    Teaching is Not a Four Letter Word

    Teaching is Not a Four Letter Word
    I recently won a copy of Teaching is Not a Four Letter Word: How to Stop Worrying and Love the Job by Tom DeRosa by entering his blog contest (Check out his awesome blog I Want To Teach Forever). I am so glad I had the opportunity to read this book and I’m ashamed to say I might not have if ...
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    Teacher Effectiveness - As Defined By A Bunch of People Who Have Never Taught

    Teacher Effectiveness - As Defined By A Bunch of People Who Have Never Taught
    I perused an article today about Obama's plan to stress more competition for teacher grants aimed at improving teacher effectiveness and quality. (Phew - that's a mouthful!) (Imagine saying all that if you WEREN'T an educator already immersed in that dialogue and those ideas.) (Wait. What? A bunch of people who AREN'T teachers did just that? You're shitting me...) This article ...
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    A Tutor for Every Child

    A Tutor for Every Child
    For all the words spoken, books published, and legislation written about them, teaching and learning aren’t all that complicated. Teaching is simply the process of one person helping another person understand something. And learning is the process of figuring out what something is, how or why something works, or how to do something. Why, then, do so many children struggle in ...
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