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    School Isn’t For Everyone?

    School Isn’t For Everyone?
    It is hard for me to believe this and feel like a good teacher at the same time, but I do. Of course, I did feel better after reading there are worse things than dropping out of school from siobhan curious: classroom as microcosm, Siobhan Curious states, “I also think there needs to be a shift in social attitudes supported by ...
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    A Consulting Teacher

    A Consulting Teacher
    I am now a “consulting teacher” in my school district. So far my understanding is that a consulting teacher works with another tenured teacher who is in danger of losing their teaching position. Sounds to me like a teacher coach. Could you imagine marching into a colleagues classroom dressed in gray sweats and blowing a whistle? But I digress. All teachers ...
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    Reading and Writing Strategies

    Reading and Writing Strategies
    This month I am supervising the Learning Disabilities Practicum. I have five teachers and twenty children (ages 6-14) with disabilities in the program which meets for half a day for four weeks. The curriculum includes academics, social skills, and physical activities. Some of the things we are discussing are some strategies for teaching reading and writing and I thought I would ...
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    10 Surfing Principles that Apply to Teaching

    10 Surfing Principles that Apply to Teaching
    In the article Wisdom of the Wave, Laird Hamilton says that in every new experience he applies lessons he has learned on the water. I thought I would use his lessons and apply them to the classroom. 1. KNOW THAT YOU ARE A SPECK ON THE WATER. As a teacher, I sometimes think things should revolve around my classroom and my ...
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    A Reality TV Idea Teachers Could Get Behind

    A Reality TV Idea Teachers Could Get Behind
    America needs an educational reality TV show that makes mathematics easy, accessible and fun for everyone. The biggest hurdle this country faces in terms of mathematics education is not one of standards, curricula or ability. Our central problem is cultural: America hates math. No subject elicits such near-universal fear, anger and disdain as mathematics does, regardless of the particular focus. The ...
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    What Stephen Colbert Teaches Us About Effective Presentations

    What Stephen Colbert Teaches Us About Effective Presentations
    Great lessons for educators can be found in the most unlikely of places. One such example can be found on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, in a reoccurring segment called "The Word". In "The Word," host Stephen Colbert uses one word or phrase as a jumping off point for his unique editorial commentary. Now, some might dismiss "The Word" on it's ...
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    Sex in the Classroom?

    Sex in the Classroom?
    Early on in my teaching career I was attempting to discuss the events that gradually led up to the Civil War. My textbook at the time gave a heavy emphasis to slavery and did not mention the whole scope of events that led us down the path of war. I wanted my students to see how our growing nation was a ...
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    6 Tips to Beat the Winter Classroom Blues

    6 Tips to Beat the Winter Classroom Blues
    January is here and the festivities of December are over. It almost feels anticlimactic and most of us breathe a sigh of relief. But before long, the students start to get antsy and even teachers start feeling a sense of boredom. Here in the US, it is winter and of course that means less sunlight, which I think has a great ...
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    Put the F** Word Back into Teaching and Get Noticed

    Put the F** Word Back into Teaching and Get Noticed
    Students want to have FUN. When planning your curriculum, imagine yourself as a student. Would this be a lesson that you would be interesting and engaging? If the answer is no, then inject some FUN and be a little silly. It’s okay! Be experimental, which means taking some risk that the lesson won’t work. So be it. We are practitioners, always ...
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    Student Portfolios: Classroom Uses

    h4. WHAT IS IT? Portfolios are collections of student work representing a selection of performance. Portfolios in classrooms today are derived from the visual and performing arts tradition in which they serve to showcase artists' accomplishments and personally favored works. A portfolio may be a folder containing a student's best pieces and the student's evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of ...
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    10 Things Your Students Won't Tell You

     10 Things Your Students Won't Tell You
    Do you really want to know what you're students are holding back? Whether you're a new teacher or an experienced veteran, these 10 things serve as strong reminders for how to connect with students and make the most of learning experiences. The is the first in a series of articles exploring communication (or lack of) within a school. Begin Reading:#1 Thing ...
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    Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning

    Much of teaching is about helping students master new knowledge and skills and then helping students not to forget what they have learned. The recommendations in this practice guide are intended to provide teachers with specific strategies for organizing both instruction and students’ studying of material to facilitate learning and remembering information, and to enable students to use what they have ...
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    Seven Deadly Sins of Veteran Teachers

    Seven Deadly Sins of Veteran Teachers
    So here’s the situation: You’ve been teaching for quite a while. You’ve pretty much gotten a handle on classroom management, paperwork, classroom rules, and any number of the other day-to-day tasks we encounter. But how many of these teaching vices do you struggle with? I know I’m not guiltless in these areas. In fact, I’ve had run-ins with most of these ...
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    Tips and Strategies from First-Year Teachers

    Tips and Strategies from First-Year Teachers
    First-year teachers had a lot of it to offer to new teachers who follow them. Their tips ran the gamut—from memorizing students' names right away to making peace with the realization that some children cannot be reached. Teachers also offered practical advice on classroom management, working with parents, and more. Broader themes were the need for clear, high expectations for students' ...
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    Fostering Clear Teacher & Student Communication

    Fostering Clear Teacher & Student Communication
    Do your students understand your assignments? Do they know exactly how they are evaluated? Is your grading system clear and clean? Are you sick of students asking, “How much is this project worth?” Do you use a rubric for evaluation of student work? Do you give your pupils the evaluation grading rubric ahead of time? Do you issue regular progress reports ...
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    50 Reasons to Love Teaching

    50 Reasons to Love Teaching
    If teaching is the career fit for you, there are countless reasons it's a job you can love and feel proud about doing. Teaching contributor, Joel, shares 50 of his favorites reasons to love teaching. 1. Sharing personal experiences 2. Helping inexperienced teachers solve problems 3. The ability to help children achieve their best 4. Inspiring them not only academically but ...
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    Should Teachers Be Entertainers?

    Should Teachers Be Entertainers?
    I have heard so many teachers tell me during my career that they are not entertainers and they shouldn’t be expected to entertain. These are the same teachers that I’ve observed teaching page by page out of the book and speaking in monotone for the entire class period. I agree that we shouldn’t be entertainers but I don’t think that it ...
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    Inspire Students to Learn from Their Mistakes

    Inspire Students to Learn from Their Mistakes
    In Quick Video Share: Quality Multimedia Takes Years to Master, Clay Burrell shares a video where Ira Glass talks about mistakes he made when he first started. He recommends that you make deadlines and complete things no matter how many mistakes you make. You learn more by completing and learning from your mistakes then from spending all your time perfecting one ...
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    Wake Up! This is an Important Lesson

    Wake Up! This is an Important Lesson
    The general public usually does not know what goes into the implementation of a home run winning lesson plan. It takes knowing your subject matter inside and out (a feat within itself), it takes knowing many various teaching strategies in order to link the right strategies with the content, and it takes an innate knowledge of the education needs for each ...
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    Sharing is a Powerful Tool

    Sharing is a Powerful Tool
    I was thinking recently about how much have I shared with others over the years and how much I have gained from professional exchange. I have worked in schools were educators keep their good “stuff” like lessons and strategies all to themselves because they don’t want anyone else using their “stuff.” They hoard all this like Midas and hope it will ...
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