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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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    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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    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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    Should Teachers Nag or Ignore?

    Should Teachers Nag or Ignore?
    Because a considerable portion of our job is to redirect counterproductive student behavior, should we immediately jump into action when we feel a “disturbance in the Force?” (And don’t you just love Star Wars?) Another common reaction to misbehavior is to ignore it, allowing students to fatigue themselves in vain efforts to gain attention. In truth, both approaches do often work. ...
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    What To Do When Students Flagrantly Disregard The Rules

    What To Do When Students Flagrantly Disregard The Rules
    The following comment was left yesterday and I thought it was worthy of its own article as I have seen numerous things of this type happen over the years: This is my first year as a professional teacher; I have three (90-minute block scheduled) enthusiastic groups of students who have begun to test their boundaries. I love the students, and I ...
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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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    Dealing with Why-ners

    Dealing with Why-ners
    What is a sound more grating than fingernails on a chalkboard? The sound of a small child or teen saying, “Whyyyyyyyy do we have to learrrrrrrrn this?” Chances are, they will not take favorably to “Because No Child Left Behind has mandated us to teach this content standard this year!” One sure-fire way for teachers reduce why-ning is to make activities ...
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    End of the School Year: Focus on the Positive

    Try to stay focused on the positive instead of the many, many negative things that go on at the end of the year. It is a stressful time with testing, restless kids who think the year is over, and behaviors just seem to grate on your nerves a bit more....not to mention the business of school regarding rumors and facts regarding ...
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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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    A Field Trip Mishap

    A Field Trip Mishap
    Today I went on a field trip with my friends. If you are a faithful reader, you are amazing. AND, you also know about my issues with field trips based on the ghosts of Horrific Field Trips Past that continue to haunt me. However, I am dedicated to my calling, and therefore, continue to subject myself to that yellow school bus, ...
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    9 Tips on Nonverbal Communication in the Classroom

    9 Tips on Nonverbal Communication in the Classroom
    Tip 1: Understand your own culture, values, and nonverbal behavior Before you can understand the behavior of a student or person from another culture, it's important to first understand your own culture, values, and nonverbal behavior. Teachers can learn about their own culture and nonverbal language by traveling to other countries, talking to new immigrants, reading books, or even by videotaping ...
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    Part 2: Essential Instruction Strategies

    Part 2: Essential Instruction Strategies
    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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    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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    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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