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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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    50 Best-Kept Secrets of Teaching

    50 Best-Kept Secrets of Teaching
    Because becoming an accomplished educator requires passion, dedication, and deliberation, many of the most valuable lessons that any teacher can have must be learned the hard way: though experience. Sometimes, if we are lucky enough to learn from a positive experience, we will want to repeat it. And sometimes we gain valuable insights from an event so unfortunate that we vow ...
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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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    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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    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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    Philiosphy of Education

    “Students learn and achieve more when they work with professional teachers who are fundamentally committed to each and every child’s success and willing to not just deliver effective instruction but also to share and connect with the students at a personal level.” That needs some unpacking. “Students learn and achieve more” This should be the primary goal of education in general ...
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    Student Centered Instruction

    By Dr. Rebecca Brent & Dr. Richard Felder h4. INTRODUCTION In the traditional approach to higher education, the burden of communicating course material resides primarily with the instructor. In student-centered instruction (SCI), some of this burden is shifted to the students. SCI is a broad approach that includes such techniques as substituting active learning experiences for lectures, holding students responsible for ...
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    Teaching Teachers to Teach

    Teaching-like medicine, auto mechanics, professional basketball, and chemical engineering-is a craft. There are distinct skills associated with its practice, which people are not born knowing. Some people are naturals (in education, the so-called "born teachers") and seem to develop the skills by intuition; most are not, however, and need years of training before they can function at a professional level. Doctors, ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Teaching Students About Government

    Teaching Students About Government
    Kids in the House is a great website for kids to learn about Congress, how laws are made, about the Clerk, and the history of the House of Representatives. This interactive site includes great links, definitions, explanations, and games. It also features a section called “Tools for Learning” where teachers can find educational resources and a lesson plan library. h4. *How ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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