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    Laying Out a Teaching Legacy

    Laying Out a Teaching Legacy
    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how my friend Junior had posted on his blog calling for people to write about what kind of a legacy we wanted to leave. I have been thinking a whole lot over the past few months about my progression as a teacher, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to really flesh out ...
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    Lesson Planning Tips for Different Student Levels

    Lesson Planning Tips for Different Student Levels
    Teachers use differentiated teaching to cater to diverse learning needs. All students are different in terms of their achievement, ability, learning and cognitive styles as well as attitudes, pace of learning, personality and motivation. Using Differentiated Instruction with Different Students The lower performing and average students are motivated to try and increase their knowledge because of the input of the stronger ...
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    Preparing for a Substitute

    Preparing for a Substitute
    In Teaching tips to take to heart, Betty mentions how different substitute teaching is compared to being the actual teacher. This made me think of the things I tried to do to make the substitute’s job easier. I had a three ring binder with substitute information and I left this on my desk if I knew I would be absent. If ...
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    Two Plus Two Is Not Five

    Two Plus Two Is Not Five
    Are Your Students Struggling to Memorize the Math Facts? Number lines, charts, fingers, and counters will delay memorization of the math facts. If you are looking for a way to help children learn math facts, but just don't know where to start, read on. As an educator who taught children with learning disabilities, I have always stressed mastery of the addition, ...
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    Do You Work, Learn and Enjoy Teaching?

    Do You Work, Learn and Enjoy Teaching?
    I believe that a student getting an education should have three goals: work, learn, and enjoy. These should be the same three goals of their teachers, and the educational institution they attend. While I think that these three goals remain at the core of the beliefs upon which everything in education is built upon, as I talk with the graduating seniors ...
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    How to Differentiate Instruction

    How to Differentiate Instruction
    Schools today serve children of varying levels, backgrounds, and learning styles and one is unlikely to find a homogeneous class anywhere in America. Differentiated instruction is necessary ensure that the needs of all students are met. In my classroom, I develop lessons and activities that are appropriate for each learner. Therefore, you may find students working on a number of different ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Is Taking Breaks Crucial to Student Learning?

    Is Taking Breaks Crucial to Student Learning?
    "Children learn as much on breaks as they do in the traditional classroom, experimenting with creativity and imagination and learning how to interact socially." (Detentionslip.org) I think this is so true no matter what age the student is and play time is very important. I was always amazed that we only gave our students 27 minutes to eat for lunch. This ...
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    How Do I Keep My Students Learning?

    How Do I Keep My Students Learning?
    We have come to the central part of why we entered into the educational field. Sometimes amidst the classroom management issues, paperwork, extracurricular assignments, professional development, and all sorts of other considerations, we can easily lose sight of this.No matter how good your discipline management plan is or how entertaining or engaging you are, if the students do not learn, you ...
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    Challenge Students to Read About Characters Who Aren't Like Them

    Challenge Students to Read About Characters Who Aren't Like Them
    DALLAS, TX- A little over a decade ago, I found myself seated in a small lecture room at the University of Texas, about to begin a semester-long study of "Curriculum and Instruction." A short, round woman in her late 40s, with gray hair down to the middle of her back, began handing round a stack of syllabi as the 20 or ...
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    When It Comes to Reading, Is it All in Our Heads?

    When It Comes to Reading, Is it All in Our Heads?
    Over the last decade, we have seen a real evolution into scientifically based reading instruction. The work of the National Research Council and the National Reading Panel both focused on the research base that was out there, and what the data told us about good, effective instruction. The American Federation of Teachers released a report on reading instruction titled "Teaching Reading ...
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    Blending Styles and Intelligences

    Blending Styles and Intelligences
    When we acknowledge that students have multiple ways of learning and ways of showing that they understand, we move away from working to match and fit students into the exisiting curriculum toward creating new curriculum to meet students’ strengths (Silver, Strong, & Perini, 2000). I could not agree more, and it is the very reason why the lesson I relate ...
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    Four Ways to be an Effective Educator

    Four Ways to be an Effective Educator
    I think that there are four major areas that ALL teachers should focus on if they desire to be effective in the classroom. Those four areas include: relationship, management, instruction, and assessment. h4. Relationship: h4. How a teacher changes the lives of their students. Why start with relationship? Why jump right in with the warm and fuzzies? Well, my experience ...
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    10 Quick Lesson Ideas for Substitute Teachers

    10 Quick Lesson Ideas for Substitute Teachers
    If you are a substitute teacher, chances are you bounce around from grade to grade, and sometimes even between different schools. While some teachers take the time to plan your day for you, or at least have lesson plans and materials ready in a folder for any time, there are times when you have to go it alone. Here are 10 ...
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    10 Things to Do When You Only Have 5 Minutes Left in Class

    10 Things to Do When You Only Have 5 Minutes Left in Class
    You've completed your lessons for the day, but you still have some time left and a group of eager students with nothing productive to do. What can you do in this time to keep your class under control until the bell rings? Here is a list of 10 things to do when you only have 5 minutes left in class. h4. ...
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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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