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    Laying Out a Teaching Legacy

    Laying Out a Teaching Legacy
    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how my friend Junior had posted on his blog calling for people to write about what kind of a legacy we wanted to leave. I have been thinking a whole lot over the past few months about my progression as a teacher, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to really flesh out ...
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    Lesson Planning Tips for Different Student Levels

    Lesson Planning Tips for Different Student Levels
    Teachers use differentiated teaching to cater to diverse learning needs. All students are different in terms of their achievement, ability, learning and cognitive styles as well as attitudes, pace of learning, personality and motivation. Using Differentiated Instruction with Different Students The lower performing and average students are motivated to try and increase their knowledge because of the input of the stronger ...
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    Two Plus Two Is Not Five

    Two Plus Two Is Not Five
    Are Your Students Struggling to Memorize the Math Facts? Number lines, charts, fingers, and counters will delay memorization of the math facts. If you are looking for a way to help children learn math facts, but just don't know where to start, read on. As an educator who taught children with learning disabilities, I have always stressed mastery of the addition, ...
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    Do You Work, Learn and Enjoy Teaching?

    Do You Work, Learn and Enjoy Teaching?
    I believe that a student getting an education should have three goals: work, learn, and enjoy. These should be the same three goals of their teachers, and the educational institution they attend. While I think that these three goals remain at the core of the beliefs upon which everything in education is built upon, as I talk with the graduating seniors ...
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    How to Differentiate Instruction

    How to Differentiate Instruction
    Schools today serve children of varying levels, backgrounds, and learning styles and one is unlikely to find a homogeneous class anywhere in America. Differentiated instruction is necessary ensure that the needs of all students are met. In my classroom, I develop lessons and activities that are appropriate for each learner. Therefore, you may find students working on a number of different ...
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    Philiosphy of Education

    “Students learn and achieve more when they work with professional teachers who are fundamentally committed to each and every child’s success and willing to not just deliver effective instruction but also to share and connect with the students at a personal level.” That needs some unpacking. “Students learn and achieve more” This should be the primary goal of education in general ...
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    The Self-fulfilling Prophecy & Your Students: "I Knew You Could Do It!"

    The Self-fulfilling Prophecy & Your Students: "I Knew You Could Do It!"
    Although most teachers are aware of their responsibility to serve as role models, counselors, and advocates, we tend to underestimate the effect that we can have on our students. The reasons for this lie in the daily struggles that happen in classrooms everywhere. We work in a formidable flux of constant decisions, difficult demands, and hard-to-manage problems. With all of these ...
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    7 Ways to Start a Great Lesson

    7 Ways to Start a Great Lesson
    Planning is such an important part of anyone’s career. Just like writers need to plan a story and have marketing plans to sell their work, teachers always must have different kinds of attention grabbing activities and especially in the case when a lesson beginning backfires. The most important part of a lesson occurs during the first five minutes. If the activity ...
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    Preparing for a Substitute

    Preparing for a Substitute
    As spring gets near, allergies can wreak havoc on my body. If I am going to be absent, this time is probably harder for me than the winter months. I do many things to prepare for days that I am out which helps my students and my substitute. Throughout the year, I try to meet the substitutes at come to my ...
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    Is Your Classroom a Snooz-a-Palooz-a?

    Is Your Classroom a Snooz-a-Palooz-a?
    Have you ever been in the middle of a lesson and thought, "I am so incredibly bored I could cry"? And no, I'm not bored because of the kids...I'm boring MYSELF by mindlessly plowing through content in an effort to just get it all covered. Bogged down with assessment deadlines, insane amounts of professional development that takes me out of my ...
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    Is Taking Breaks Crucial to Student Learning?

    Is Taking Breaks Crucial to Student Learning?
    "Children learn as much on breaks as they do in the traditional classroom, experimenting with creativity and imagination and learning how to interact socially." (Detentionslip.org) I think this is so true no matter what age the student is and play time is very important. I was always amazed that we only gave our students 27 minutes to eat for lunch. This ...
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    Practicial Wisdom for Succeeding in the Classroom

    Practicial Wisdom for Succeeding in the Classroom
    Recently I interviewed Gini Cunningham, author of New Teacher’s Companion: Practical Wisdom for Succeeding in the Classroom, on how teachers can work under tight time and curriculum constraints yet still maintain a positive relationship with faculty and other teachers. I asked Gini for some advice and suggestions on how teachers and especially new teachers, can foster more positive and collaborative relationships ...
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    How Do I Keep My Students Learning?

    How Do I Keep My Students Learning?
    We have come to the central part of why we entered into the educational field. Sometimes amidst the classroom management issues, paperwork, extracurricular assignments, professional development, and all sorts of other considerations, we can easily lose sight of this.No matter how good your discipline management plan is or how entertaining or engaging you are, if the students do not learn, you ...
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    When It Comes to Reading, Is it All in Our Heads?

    When It Comes to Reading, Is it All in Our Heads?
    Over the last decade, we have seen a real evolution into scientifically based reading instruction. The work of the National Research Council and the National Reading Panel both focused on the research base that was out there, and what the data told us about good, effective instruction. The American Federation of Teachers released a report on reading instruction titled "Teaching Reading ...
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    Blending Styles and Intelligences

    Blending Styles and Intelligences
    When we acknowledge that students have multiple ways of learning and ways of showing that they understand, we move away from working to match and fit students into the exisiting curriculum toward creating new curriculum to meet students’ strengths (Silver, Strong, & Perini, 2000). I could not agree more, and it is the very reason why the lesson I relate ...
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    Four Ways to be an Effective Educator

    Four Ways to be an Effective Educator
    I think that there are four major areas that ALL teachers should focus on if they desire to be effective in the classroom. Those four areas include: relationship, management, instruction, and assessment. h4. Relationship: h4. How a teacher changes the lives of their students. Why start with relationship? Why jump right in with the warm and fuzzies? Well, my experience ...
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    Do What I Say, Not Do What I Do

    Do What I Say, Not Do What I Do
    How many times have you gone to a professional development session where they try to tell you the best way to teach but aren’t demonstrating it at that time? How many times have you heard a professor lecture for hours about how important it is to engage the students and not lecture all of the time? Why are we educating pre-service ...
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    How Do I Keep My Students Engaged?

    How Do I Keep My Students Engaged?
    Once we are able to keep students quiet, then the real work begins. I found in my first two years that the REAL work for me was keeping the students quiet. I fought them all the time. After I began to learn how to keep them quiet more, I was faced with the challenge of having them actually be interested in ...
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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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    Teaching Students About Government

    Teaching Students About Government
    Kids in the House is a great website for kids to learn about Congress, how laws are made, about the Clerk, and the history of the House of Representatives. This interactive site includes great links, definitions, explanations, and games. It also features a section called “Tools for Learning” where teachers can find educational resources and a lesson plan library. h4. *How ...
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