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    Teaching Outside the Box

    Teaching Outside the Box
    My first administrator went on to other things following my first year in the classroom, though I still saw him at least once a year as he breezed down the hall getting a handshake or hug here and there. He was a fairly hands-off kind of guy during my first year….I rarely saw him. He was a former basketball coach so ...
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    The "Golden Girls" Guide to Telling a Great Story

    The "Golden Girls" Guide to Telling a Great Story
    I am not ashamed to admit that The Golden Girls is one of my favorite all-time shows. It still stands as one of the funniest, sharpest sitcoms ever, and was successful with a cast and premise you would never see on today's shows. As I do with everything, I have been watching this show through the eyes of a teacher. Not ...
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    Action Doesn’t Mean Production

    Action Doesn’t Mean Production
    “Never confuse activity with productivity. You can be busy without a purpose, but what’s the point? - Rick Warren” I think this quote applies to administrators, teachers, students, and parents and we need to really take this to heart. So, I decided to write a little note to each. Dear Administrators, • Please don’t ask me to fill out reports when ...
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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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    How to Achieve World Domination in One 50-Minute Class Period

    How to Achieve World Domination in One 50-Minute Class Period
    When I was growing up my dad had a constant supply of gravel around our house because he was always using one of his tractors to move the gravel around to fill up potholes that would form on the many gravel drives around the lumberyard. From time to time my friends and I would climb the huge pile of white and ...
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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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    Improving Math Instruction: New Techniques to Solve Problems

    Improving Math Instruction: New Techniques to Solve Problems
    IDAHO-Deborah Whitaker doesn’t spoonfeed math to her first- graders. Rather than tell them 1+1=2, she takes them on a math journey, explaining the concepts of addition. She shows that numbers are symbols for real things in life, like the number of legs on a cow. If she’s successful, her students understand not only how to add, but when, why and what ...
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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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    Multicultural Music in Early Childhood

    Multicultural Music in Early Childhood
    Music is a universal language. Exposing children to the music, songs and dances of other cultures should simply be another aspect of the music and movement program, integrated quite naturally on a daily basis. In the home setting, where only one language is spoken, it is a good idea to expose children regularly to the sounds of another language through music. ...
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    A Fresh Start for a Course

    A Fresh Start for a Course
    Although the first few days of a course may not completely determine how well the rest of the course works, they are vital. A good start can carry the instructor through several weeks of early shakiness, and a bad one can take several weeks of damage control to overcome. Getting off to a good start in a class is a real ...
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    You Are Probably Too Busy to Read This

    You Are Probably Too Busy to Read This
    For various and inexplicable reasons, teachers everywhere report that they are busier than ever this year. We feel as if we are rushing through our school days, frantically trying to find a balance between school responsibilities, home chores, and the enjoyment of a life that a steady career in education should bring. Many of us arrive at school early dragging in ...
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    6 Ways to Make Lessons Stick

    6 Ways to Make Lessons Stick
    Is your lesson sticky? A blogger I follow, Tim Holt, wrote recently about reading the book Made to Stick, which I’ve got to read now. He contacted the authors who sent him a pdf file (the link is on Tim’s blog) that shares six reasons ideas stick. He says, “... essentially the authors say that there are six reasons ideas stick... ...
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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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    11 Ways to Bring Joy into the Classroom

    11 Ways to Bring Joy into the Classroom
    I believe joy in the classroom helped my students become more successful. In fact, I think that is why I loved teaching them so much and stayed in special education for my whole career. In the article, Joy in School by Steven Wolk, he states, “Joyful learning can flourish in school—if you give joy a chance.” I thought about how I ...
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    10 Ideas for Teaching on the Last Day of School

    10 Ideas for Teaching on the Last Day of School
    For many teachers, the last day of school can be worse than the first. All of the worksheets are done, grading is finished, and the students are anxious to start their summer vacations. Any hope of getting in a last-minute lesson is dashed when you see your students' anxious glances at the clock. However, there are still some things that you ...
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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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    Lose the Teacher Desk

    Lose the Teacher Desk
    When I am tired my teacher desk looks like a wonderful refuge. From there I can view students, catch-up on some small minor administrative tasks, and perhaps get grading done. Caution! There are downsides. For one, the computer can be (and usually is) a distraction. The Internet and, of course, e-mail takes our attention away from ensuring are students learning, especially ...
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    Classroom Hacks for Teaching in the Trenches

    Classroom Hacks for Teaching in the Trenches
    I love to pass along great classroom hacks as soon as I think of or run across them. This is no exception. Read on for some great ideas on getting things done on the cheap and easy. Hula Hoops In addition to making great classroom playground equipment, these can be used in PE and also for small group circle assembly. As ...
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    6 Ways to Choose a Teaching Approach for Results

    6 Ways to Choose a Teaching Approach for Results
    What is a teaching approach? Whether you’re a new or experienced teacher, a teaching approach is simply HOW you plan on engaging your students from beginning to the end of a lesson. There are many ways to engage students in the learning process. But the key is to choose the one approach in the beginning, that best suits your personality and ...
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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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