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    What Kind of Questions Do You Ask?

    What Kind of Questions Do You Ask?
    Do I just ask my students knowledge-based questions or do I require critical thinking to answer my questions? I was listening to a Wicked Decent Learning podcast today when they started talking about the questions asked in the classroom and what kinds of questions they were. This had me reminisce back to when I took a statistics class in college and ...
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    What Does Your Body Language Say About You?

    What Does Your Body Language Say About You?
    I recently saw this video on youtube about Basic Communication. It was a great video to watch and to show my students. (Scroll down to view video) It also was a great reminder to myself about how my body language affects my own communication to others. I began to think of the different people I communicate with and some things I ...
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    Lesson Planning 101

    Lesson Planning 101
    I need help. I’ve been teaching in NYC alternative high school for 9 years. I can't get my act together. I can't plan lessons, it just seems like such torture. my mentor(thank you UFT) keeps telling me to keep the objective in mind? well, I can't seem to do it, am I in the Dip or am i just a dip? ...
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    Back-to-School Prep with Jigsaw Planet

    Back-to-School Prep with Jigsaw Planet
    What is Jigsaw Planet? Well, it is the first week of school which for me means that it is rules week. Every teacher has to go over the rules at some point, and it is usually met by major groans from students. This year I approached rules week differently. I used an awesome site called Jigsaw Planet to turn my rules ...
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    Early Identification and Assistance for Students with Learning Difficulties

    Early Identification and Assistance for Students with Learning Difficulties
    Have you been wondering about a relatively new term that teachers are learning more and more about: RTI? More and more often this year, teachers are hearing about this new process to help students who are struggling to succeed in school. Perhaps your school has a team in place already or is in the early stages of establishing one. In either ...
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    How to Lob a Discussion Bomb

    How to Lob a Discussion Bomb
    Teachers are forever throwing discussion bombs out into the middle of the classroom floor hoping to ignite some type of viable conversation to help students connect to prior knowledge, connect to new knowledge, and create even more questions for future lessons. So, one day last year found me sitting on my classroom stool waiting for conversations to stop, papers to stop ...
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    Why Bill Nye The Science Guy and I Will Never Be Friends

    Why Bill Nye The Science Guy and I Will Never Be Friends
    Seriously. This really isn't a joke...it sounds funny, but really, it is somewhat tragic. Every single time I attempt a science experiment, without fail, the science experiment will either fail or yield some bizarre results that end up reinforcing the exact opposite idea in my students. Last year, because of an experiment gone wrong, I may have inadvertently taught an entire ...
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    5 Activities that Can Energize Your Students

    5 Activities that Can Energize Your Students
    Are you in a teaching rut? Are your lessons just a little blah? The winter months can be long if you and your students are stuck in routines that are all too predictable. If you find that your students are taking a lackluster approach to their assignments, try something new and fun to help them achieve more. Here are five easy ...
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    A Case for Sharing Your Stories With Students

    A Case for Sharing Your Stories With Students
    Kids love it when their teachers share stories about their lives. I’m not exactly sure why, but I can remember being a young student and loving to hear about the experiences of my teachers, the mistakes they made, and the lessons they learned. Taking advantage of an “educational moment” and sharing how a certain event changed our lives can sometimes have ...
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    To Shut Up or Not to Shut Up, That is the Question

    To Shut Up or Not to Shut Up, That is the Question
    So I wrote Shut Up And Teach! and have gotten mixed reactions from it. Some have argued that my points were good while others have complained that I am advocating tying the hands and muzzling educators to prevent them from fighting for social justice. People have even gone so far as to write articles in response. Whatever the case, I enjoy ...
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    Teaching Pregnant Teenagers

    Teaching Pregnant Teenagers
    Now before you roll your eyes and move to another post, this is not a discussion about the pros and cons of abortion so don’t worry. I’m not going to get into that discussion. According to the U.S. Teenage Pregnancy Statistics: National and State Trends and Trends by Race and Ethnicity, each year, almost 750,000 teenage women aged 15–19 become pregnant. ...
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    5 Simple Ways to Teach Better

    5 Simple Ways to Teach Better
    When students aren’t engaged, it’s usually time to reexamine how you can adjust your instruction. Adjusting instruction means providing more opportunities for students to learn successfully based on information you gather such as their interests, work habits, motivation and learning styles and academic performance. Doing this on a consistent basis helps refine instruction so they can succeed. Successful teachers are those ...
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    What Happened to "Fun" Learning?

    What Happened to "Fun" Learning?
    Each summer there were enrichment classes offered by our school district and I always thought all schools did this until I became a teacher. I never realized how lucky I was to go to these classes. These classes were offered at the same time the remedial summer school classes were offered. One summer I took a guitar class and writing class. ...
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    Give Classroom Drama a Chance

    Give Classroom Drama a Chance
    Drama: a word that used to terrify me, but in the past week has inspired me! Until completing a research project for one of my graduate courses, the thought of me having anything to do with drama beyond mere appreciation was unheard of. I was an extremely quiet and shy child and the thought of even speaking out in class was ...
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