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    Is Teaching Hard Work?

    Is Teaching Hard Work?
    Teaching is hard work and those of us who teach work very hard indeed. Sometimes the work is in the planning, sometimes in the instruction, sometimes in the guidance of students, and sometimes the work is in figuring out what works best for us as teachers working with our students in our classrooms. The beauty of this last type of work ...
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    How Was My Lesson?

    How Was My Lesson?
    After you teach a lesson, what kind of mental checklist do you use to see if your lesson was successful or not? Here are some things that I look for while I reflect on the lessons I have taught: · Did I have all the necessary materials and information? · Did I introduce the topic so that the students wanted to ...
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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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    Making Learning "Cool" is Easier Said Than Done

    Making Learning "Cool" is Easier Said Than Done
    In this month's Wired magazine, Daniel Roth wrote an article entitled Making Geeks Cool Could Reform Education, in which BetterLesson founder Alex Grodd takes center stage. A venture capital firm in New York recently hosted an education conference (why is not explained) that started out with discussion of tech innovations, but took on a different tone when Grodd explained why most ...
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    Student Centered Instruction

    By Dr. Rebecca Brent & Dr. Richard Felder h4. INTRODUCTION In the traditional approach to higher education, the burden of communicating course material resides primarily with the instructor. In student-centered instruction (SCI), some of this burden is shifted to the students. SCI is a broad approach that includes such techniques as substituting active learning experiences for lectures, holding students responsible for ...
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    Teaching Teachers to Teach

    Teaching-like medicine, auto mechanics, professional basketball, and chemical engineering-is a craft. There are distinct skills associated with its practice, which people are not born knowing. Some people are naturals (in education, the so-called "born teachers") and seem to develop the skills by intuition; most are not, however, and need years of training before they can function at a professional level. Doctors, ...
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    Which Classroom Would You Rather Be In?

    Which Classroom Would You Rather Be In?
    Read the descriptions of the classrooms below. Where would you rather be? h4. *Classroom One* When you enter this room you see well-behaved students doing their work quietly at their desks. Occasionally they move to work in groups, editing each other’s work or, if they are young students, reading a story together. Most of the students are on task, but some ...
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    The Ten Principles of Motivation

    The Ten Principles of Motivation
    Motivating students is a complicated business no matter what age they may be. When students want to complete their work and want to succeed, things will go well in your classroom--they will learn and you will have a rewarding day at school. Here are ten very brief ideas that I find useful in my teaching practice. 1. All learning must have ...
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    Changing the Way We Teach

    Changing the Way We Teach
    In the 30 years that I've been in education I have been fortunate enough to play various roles, that gives me a well-rounded perspective from all angles of those involved in educating children. From teaching in the classroom, Head of a high school, Dean of school, Board of Trustee, Director of Admissions, Director of Communications and Enrollment, Educational Consultant and parent; ...
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    What Lessons Did You Learn This Year?

    What Lessons Did You Learn This Year?
    Summer days are meant to be savored! If you are teaching, on vacation, or even taking summer classes for the next few weeks, June and July are good months to reflect on the past year and look ahead to plan how to be an inspiring teacher for your new students this fall. *What Lessons Did You Learn This Year?* Now that ...
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    A Student's Dishonest Mistake

    A Student's Dishonest Mistake
    It takes the first few weeks of school to get used to a new crop of students and for them to get used to me and the way I roll. Ever since our school plunged into the twisted depths of technology, I’ve tried to do as many things online as possible. Studies say that it’s not how many days you have ...
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    The Best Ways to Reflect on Teaching

    The Best Ways to Reflect on Teaching
    Reflection is something that an effective educator does instinctively for themselves. I see reflection as one of those things hard-wired into a teacher. If you are not the type of individual who automatically spends time considering the how and why success or failure of your time with students in your classroom then perhaps teaching is not for you. Reflection is ...
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    How Do I Keep My Students Interested?

    How Do I Keep My Students Interested?
    Maintaining interest in the subject matter is clearly one of the best things you can do for your teaching. If you are asked to give a speech, you want the audience to be receptive to the content of the speech. As a teacher, you must have an audience who listens and is interested in what you do. If you don’t, then ...
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    "But The Computers are Taken!"

    "But The Computers are Taken!"
    "But the computers are taken!" As a teacher, I'm sure we've all heard this quote. Here's what our very own featured writer, Kate Olson, found while waiting for the computers to become available: I had the pleasure this morning of getting to sit in the school library and read with 2 classes of students. Our LMC director organized reading time ...
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    Make Learning Fun with Authentic Instruction

    Make Learning Fun with Authentic Instruction
    Whether you’re a classroom teacher or a home schooling parent, the best way to motivate your students is through some sort of authentic instruction. What is authentic instruction? Well, it’s simply instruction that is based on real world tasks. As students complete these tasks they can immediately see HOW what they are learning applies to their real lives - both inside ...
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    Gates & Pearson Education Team Up for National Curriculum

    Gates & Pearson Education Team Up for National Curriculum
    In case you missed it, about two weeks ago the Pearson Foundation announced that it was receiving funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to create a national K-12 curriculum. Gates ponied up $3 million to have Pearson develop 24 courses, 11 in math and 13 in English-Language Arts. At the announcement, both foundations positioned it as the next logical ...
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    40 Active Learning Strategies for Active Students

    40 Active Learning Strategies for Active Students
    One of the most obvious ways to increase your classroom charisma is to increase the amount of active learning in your class. Not only will you find it easier to keep students engaged during one of the most difficult times of the year (the warm weather days of spring), but you will find that your students will retain information with greater ...
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    5 Ways to Teach with Learning Objectives

    5 Ways to Teach with Learning Objectives
    It’s a simple premise: our students should know what they are learning and why. The best way to accomplish this is through having learning objectives for every lesson. Yet, teachers tend to make some common mistake around learning objectives. Knowing these common mistakes will help you maximize your practice of using learning objectives: 1) CLEARLY POST LEARNING OBJECTIVES. Don’t make the ...
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    Strategies for Building Oral Language Skills

    Strategies for Building Oral Language Skills
    In my free time, I have been writing curriculum designed to teach beginning special education teachers what they need to know about teaching students with special needs. I am on page 600 and have 4 more sessions to write. I mean, there is a LOT that teachers need to know. I don’t know how you people do it. And I have ...
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    8 Strategies for Improving Student Writing

    8 Strategies for Improving Student Writing
    I often get inspiration for my job from the little sayings on my tea satchel. What? I work in a large, urban school district, I gotta get inspiration everywhere I can. At least I’m not reading the tea leaves for what to do, right? The other day, my tea told me that “If you want to know something, read. If you ...
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