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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Have You Gotten Your Students Involved Today?

    Have You Gotten Your Students Involved Today?
    It may seem like a strange question. Learning demands that students be involved in their own education – that’s just the way it works. But there are two major types of involvement: passive and active. And in many cases, students are passively involved at best, a phenomenon I’ve encountered more times than I care to admit. I love being a piano ...
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    Unleash the Force of Learning

    Unleash the Force of Learning
    Every child has a deep inborn curiosity about the surrounding world. This is the driving force behind all real learning. We all are born with a need to experience life and make sense of what we see, hear and feel. And we use the information we gather from our everyday lives to construct our understanding about ourselves, the life, universe and ...
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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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    50 Teaching Tips to Live By

    50 Teaching Tips to Live By
    From the Editor: Sometimes the most common, simple advice can be the best and the most fun to deliver. Share these 50 teaching tips from Joel with your teaching colleagues and school staff. I have had countless discussions lately with some of the newer teachers around me about some general concepts. This is just a random list of a few of ...
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    Teaching Beyond Stereotypes

    Teaching Beyond Stereotypes
    “Are you kidding me?” I asked my friend Drew. Thousands of miles away in his New York City apartment, he was telling me about a parent at his kids’ school. This mom had volunteered to chaperone a field trip and the school had asked another parent who worked as a professional photographer to shoot the outing for the school’s website. “So ...
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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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    Why Do We Have to Learn This?

    Why Do We Have to Learn This?
    Scenario: After carefully planning a unit on information that, according to your state’s standards, is absolutely necessary for you to cover, your students appear bored and restless. Finally, one of them asks the question that all teachers dread: “Why do we have to learn this?” It can happen to even the best of teachers. Somehow, in the rush to photocopy and ...
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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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    10 Steps to Better Lesson Plans

    10 Steps to Better Lesson Plans
    Master teachers are also master lesson planners. They can look at a learning goal and piece together key components that will ensure that their students meet the goal. Not all lessons need to be a reinvention of the wheel, but there are several hallmarks of well-crafted lesson plans. Whether you are building your own lessons, or searching through databases of lessons, ...
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    Is Memorization Important?

    Is Memorization Important?
    After reading The "old way", the "new way" and the ethics of bar trivia from Stop Trying to Inspire Me by Tom, he had me thinking about how I felt toward memorization. He states, “Katie's comment about moving on from stopping cheating to teaching kids how to access facts, etc. is one that I've heard quite often from people both in ...
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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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    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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    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 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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