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    5 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers

    5 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers
    Here is some detailed information about some of the procedures I set up in my own life that have allowed me to be more effective. These 5 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers may help teachers who are struggling to maintain their sanity. Habit 1:Communication Procedures Without question, one of the most essential elements of any good relationship is clear and open ...
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    Catch Students Doing the Right Thing

    Catch Students Doing the Right Thing
    In the article, Ways to Catch Kids Being Good, the author writes, “The most effective behavior management technique is the easiest to implement..."catching 'em being good". Research shows us that the quickest and most effective way to promote the display of appropriate behaviors is to reward them…” I think this is so important and can be done easily in the classroom. ...
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    Letting Students "Swing Away" at Assignments

    Letting Students "Swing Away" at Assignments
    I teach an advanced production course to high school students. It’s a brutally difficult class, and I don’t try to make it easy for my students. Two groups of ten students each have two weeks or 10 class sessions (less than 10 hours) to create their own 10 minute television program. Their work is viewed by the entire school of 3500 ...
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    Teaching Industrial Arts: Then and Now

    Teaching Industrial Arts: Then and Now
    I’m a 58 year, old shop teacher. Nowadays, we refer to ourselves as “dinosaurs”. Currently, Sacramento has labeled us “Career Technical Educators”. At the end of a long line of job titles, we still teach the same subject in the same way, even with the advent and infusion of computers into the shop. Some of the technology has not changed in ...
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    About Phonics

    * What is a systematic, explicit phonics program? Systematic and explicit phonics programs teach children letter-sound relationships directly in a well-defined sequence. Most systematic phonics programs carefully sequence phonics generalizations from least difficult to more difficult, including all major generalizations for consonants, vowels, consonant or vowel blends, and digraphs. It is important to provide instruction in the application of letter-sound ...
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    Step-by-Step Teaching

    Step-by-Step Teaching
    When I teach my procedures course to teachers, I really try to stress the importance of task analysis. I think over the years, we learn things ourselves by breaking things down into steps automatically. We have learned this behavior an tend to forget that our students have not reached the same point in life as we have. I believe that every ...
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    Teaching Phonemic Awareness in Kindergarten

    * Which phonemic awareness skills are most important for children to learn in kindergarten? How much instructional time should be spent on teaching phonemic awareness in kindergarten? In kindergarten, children need to develop phonemic awareness by hearing, identifying, and manipulating the individual sounds, or phonemes, within spoken words. Among the activities that might be practiced to help children acquire phonemic awareness ...
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    Strategies to Assess and Increase Reading Fluency

    Strategies to Assess and Increase Reading Fluency
    Fluency is the ability to read a text accurately, quickly, and with proper expression and comprehension. Students who are able to read orally with speed, accuracy, and expression, but who do not simultaneously understand what they read, are not fluent. Educators value assessments of rate and accuracy because they help determine a child's level of automaticity, or the "fast, effortless word ...
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    Fifty Lessons You May Have Learned This Year

    Fifty Lessons You May Have Learned This Year
    School may be over- or almost over- for you. Every year is a journey. Each school year is unique and the lessons you learn from your students, your colleagues and about yourself change who you are as an educator. As featured writer and veteran teacher, Julia G. Thompson, reminds us, take the time to reflect on the year before planning ahead. ...
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    8 Tips for Teaching Grammar without a Worksheet

    8 Tips for Teaching Grammar without a Worksheet
    1. Grammar instruction is most naturally integrated during the revising, editing, and proofreading phases of the writing process. During writing conferences, use various strategies to teach the concept(s) or skill(s) that would enhance the piece that the student is working on right then. Don't overwhelm them with too many errors; focus on the most the corrections that will do the most ...
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    10 Things Your Students Won't Tell You

    1. You Aren't Their Favorite Teacher Students will tell you that you are in fact their favorite teacher. They want to make good grades and stay off your bad list. But the truth is, student opinions change with the wind. Don't put a lot of stock into what students think about you or how popular a teacher you seem to be. ...
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    Why Non-Fiction Is Important To Reading and Learning

    Why Non-Fiction Is Important To Reading and Learning
    Children learn by taking in pieces of information and categorizing them. They do this all through their schooling years. When they reach puberty they take this information, sort it, and think critically with it. They keep what they know, problem solve or create new ideas. As a child grows, he or she adds to that warehouse of information. Sadly, many high ...
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    Is Your Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

    Is Your Glass Half Empty or Half Full?
    Is your glass half full or half empty? Do you look at what children can do and what they cannot do? The critics claim you can only look at what a student can do. The deficit model is a theory that higher education can afford but K–12 cannot because of No Child Left Behind (2002). Most of the criticism is coming ...
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    Rudeness Stunts Learning, Research Proves

    Rudeness Stunts Learning, Research Proves
    Over at The Research Digest blog , they found that “Seeing one person be rude to another can stunt a person's creativity, impair their mental performance and make them less likely to be civil themselves.” I don’t think many people realize this because they think, as long as the rudeness isn’t directed to me, I don’t have a problem. I believe ...
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    Author Visits by State

    Author Visits by State
    I heard it over and over from educators who had hired me for author presentations: "I wish there were one place I could have gone to research lots of different authors." Sometimes I wished the same thing. Despite many marketing efforts–from postcards to conferences to online networking–folks continued to find me in convoluted ways. I was delighted by the serendipity leading ...
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    Encourage Your Students to be Successful and on Task

    Encourage Your Students to be Successful and on Task
    Are your students truly paying attention to you? Are you forever struggling with classroom management issues? (i.e., student behavior, students disrespect, or other disciplinary problems) Do you sometimes get the feeling that your students are doing you a favor by opening their books and notebooks at the start of a lesson but don’t really participate in the lesson? The teacher survey ...
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    Is It All About the Outcome?

    Anyone who has read Eduflack knows that I am a big proponent of outcomes,and not inputs. I look for results over process. In education, this is often a difficult fight. So much effort and so many reputations are tied to the process that we can often lose sight of the end game. Earlier this week, Eduflack was at an event and ...
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    What Teachers Can Learn from Hip-Hop Culture

    What Teachers Can Learn from Hip-Hop Culture
    I love hip hop, and when I was a classroom teacher, pretty much all of my students loved hip hop, too. So it's not far fetched to suggest that teachers working with low-income black and brown kids could learn a thing or two from the genre. At least, that's the thinking of teacher, hip-hop artist, and author Sam Seidel, who believes ...
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    The Modern Educator is More Than a Teacher

    The Modern Educator is More Than a Teacher
    Why do classrooms and schools operate almost the same way they did 100 years ago? A group of middle schoolers from the Dallas-Fort Worth area began asking themselves this question during a class discussion of Orson Scott Card's science fiction novel Ender's Game. More importantly, they began to wonder, "Could children, using the internet, have a dramatic impact on the world ...
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    The Hard Truth on Proven Reading

    The Hard Truth on Proven Reading
    For the last year, many have been rushing to bury the federal Reading First program. Congress has dramatically slashed funding for the effort. Critics have been quick to discount the impact the program has had on student achievement scores. And the program has quickly been lumped in with No Child Left Behind as another example of what is wrong with federal ...
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