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    The Instructor’s Guide to De-Stressing in the Final Weeks of School

    The Instructor’s Guide to De-Stressing in the Final Weeks of School
    Well, for most of us, we have about a month left before the end of the semester. Some of us are reaching that weary point of exhaustion and stress that always come with a mound of papers that won’t grade themselves, more classes to teach, and not enough energy to do both (and finish coursework for those of us still on ...
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    Can You Look Past Bad Behavior?

    Can You Look Past Bad Behavior?
    T J Shay writes, “I try very hard to never look at what everyone else sees wrong with a kid. I always try to listen to different opinions and try to care about them all....even the ones that are hard to like” in Sometimes You Have to Look from a Different Vantage Point. This brought back a lot of good memories ...
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    Getting Tough on Classroom Discipline

    Getting Tough on Classroom Discipline
    The petty classroom annoyances that were almost charming little obstacles to be overcome in early September now seem to be huge hurdles as discouraged teachers wonder if we will ever make the kind of profound changes in our students that we dreamed about before school began. If things have been going well, our classes are headed towards self-discipline. Although it would ...
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    5 Ways To Win When Students Test Your Limits

    [photo:70992] It’s been a while since I have taught 7th & 8th graders and now I remember how much they like to get away with. Even the good students do things from time to time that just boggle my mind. WHY DID YOU DO THAT? It’s crazy. How do I handle these misbehaving miscreants? These 5 ways.... 1. Don’t pick favorite ...
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    First Year Teacher Survival Guide

    h4. Core Values of Professional Educators "Your first priority should always be your students. All children can learn. Not all children learn at the same rate or in the same way, but all children can learn. Success breeds success in the classroom as well as in life. The best defense against misbehavior will always be relevant, interesting lessons delivered by an ...
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    Smaller is Better

    The future of public schools in California is getting smaller, not bigger. Our high school is in the early stages of creating a Small Learning Community or SLC. We’ve received grant money and are now in the first year of the process making structural plans for next year. As each high school is unique based on the needs of its students, ...
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    Teachers: Are You for Real?

    Teachers: Are You for Real?
    You have got to, must always, never forget, always remember to be real with your students. I cannot explain the success I have had with students by just being real. Break out of the education malarky and teacher speak and all that formal nonsense. We are people just like the students are- why do we ever pretend to be anything else? ...
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    Learn Your Students' Names Quickly

    *Adapted from The First-Year Teacher’s Survival Guide Learning how to correctly pronounce and spell your students’ names is one of the most important tasks you will have to master as the school year begins. Learning all of your students’ names on the first or second day of school is not very difficult. These quick tips will make it possible for you ...
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    5 Surefire Tips for Handling Misbehavior

    5 Surefire Tips for Handling Misbehavior
    How do I handle students who always test the rules? I basically give the kids a free pass to misbehave once before getting in trouble. I give a warning at the beginning of the year and from then on, any misbehavior is fair game to punishment. When I first was learning how to do it, I would have the kids call ...
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    Collaboration or Cheating: Where is the Line?

    Collaboration or Cheating: Where is the Line?
    I teach my students the importance of collaboration to their further studies. I teach them this because I know how much collaboration has aided me in continuing my education, but I also know how much collaboration is involved when working in the “real world.” But I also stress to them the differences between cheating and collaboration. Let me start with a ...
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    19 Ways to Reclaim Your Free Time

    19 Ways to Reclaim Your Free Time
    In Reclaim Your Time: 20 Great Ways to Find More Free Time, Zen Habits gives this list that I thought was so awesome for my own personal life, but I think it really relates to how we can be more effective in our teaching if we find more free time for ourselves, too. I have taken the list and put a ...
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    Are My Students Weeds or Flowers?

    Are My Students Weeds or Flowers?
    “In the world of classroom gardening, I can change that weed into a flower. How do we do that as teachers? By doing exactly the opposite of what I did for the first few days. Concentrate on the good behavior. Look at the flowers. Don’t ignore the weed, but don’t make him or her the focal point of your room either. ...
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    How to Handle Embarrassing Classroom Moments

    How to Handle Embarrassing Classroom Moments
    The other day on my personal blog I talked about what I would do if I had to work with someone closely who had really bad breath. One of the comments mentioned having a teacher who had bad breath, and it made me think about my own experiences with my own teachers and started to wonder about my students. This also ...
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    On Substitutes: A Collage

    On Substitutes: A Collage
    My students have a hard time accepting substitutes. It doesn’t matter if the stand-in has a Ph.D. in literature from Harvard or spent the week preparing, the kids always find something wrong with the sub. “He’s mean,” they’ll tell me upon my return, or “She was weird,” or “He spoke funny,” or “He hated us”. I used to think the collective ...
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    Part 1: Top Tips for Planning Your First Day of School

    Everything a Teacher Needs to Know Before School Starts As summer quickly comes to a close, preparation for being back in the classroom begins to mount. And what you do in the first week of school can truly set the tone for the rest of the year. Use this elaborate guide, exclusive to Teaching—with tips, strategies, even lesson plans—to help you ...
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    Kindergartners Say the Darndest Things

    Kindergartners Say the Darndest Things
    This story contains adult content. I have a lot of respect for kindergarten teachers. I like little ones, but kindegarteners are WAY too little. I see some of my colleagues in the hallways and, despite their best efforts, it always looks a bit like they are herding cats. However, from my current position as "the cool teacher down the hall with ...
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    Teaching: Not a Discipline for the Faint of Heart

    Teaching: Not a Discipline for the Faint of Heart
    The other day at a training, a kindergarten teacher who teaches in a high-poverty elementary school told me this story: Two kindergarten boys got into a fistfight. Before the teacher could get to them, another kindergarten boy pulled up a chair right in front of the fight and said, “I’m going to watch the show!” Entertainment is highly valued in poverty ...
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    Words Can Hurt

    Words Can Hurt
    “The words that are chosen by a teacher carry so much meaning and power. I think we all forget just how much power we have. When a kid falls down in class and forgets homework, does poorly on a test, or even is the biggest thorn in our side, we have a choice to use words that beat them down or ...
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    It's Almost Monday!

    It's Almost Monday!
    Please don’t tell me this picture represents your views! As a teacher, and specifically as a band director, I am not a big fan of Mondays. As a worker, I really love Monday. Why? Great question. Why I don’t like Mondays Kids generally don’t practice over the weekend. This means that part of Monday is spent recovering and getting the band ...
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    The Hard Rock of Student Indifference

    The Hard Rock of Student Indifference
    Contrary to the myths recycled by what my students would call “haters”, I work summers even though I am a teacher. I’ve done everything from cater fancy opera dinners to chainsaw bark beetle-infested pinon trees, but for the last few years, I’ve been able to make money by teaching. This past break I was a “presenter” of memoir at Kripalu yoga ...
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