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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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    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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    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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    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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    Young Teachers Endure the Battle

    Young Teachers Endure the Battle
    I am not sure of the exact statistic, and I am sure it's different for different areas, but I’ve heard that a large number of new teachers quit the profession before applying for their clear credential after five years on the job. While I’m not surprised that some people don’t figure out that teaching is not for them until after ...
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    How to Use a Word Wall

    How to Use a Word Wall
    One of the most helpful activities you can do with your students this month is to make a Word Wall. Although this is a popular activity with young students, it can be easily adapted to the needs of older ones. First, determine the terms in a unit of study that you want your students to know. Then, display them in a ...
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    How to Be an Engaging Teacher

    How to Be an Engaging Teacher
    The single most important element of a successful classroom is a teacher who designs assignments that keep the students engaged in learning. It helps if these assignments are also fun to complete. Disciplines issues including acting out, tardiness to class, and even failing students can be minimized and maybe even eliminated IF you, the teacher, think innovatively and make a focused ...
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    6 Motivation Techniques

    6 Motivation Techniques
    “What are you doing to motivate students?” I was talking with a friend this afternoon about her class. She is a second year teacher. She taught elementary last year and is teaching seventh grade this year. What a change! In the process of our conversation, I asked her, “what are you doing to motivate them?” She had no clue. Why motivate? ...
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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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    The Joy of Education

    The Joy of Education
    Since we are in the winter months here in South Carolina, I wanted to remind teachers to remember to bring joy into the classroom. I know there are times that we have to teach things that aren’t fun but we still can do the little things to bring joy in the classroom. When I was in St. Maarten at the ...
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    How to Get Kids Motivated with Student Portfolios

    How to Get Kids Motivated with Student Portfolios
    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 the pieces. It may ...
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    Behavior Management: "Do it Now or Else!"

    Behavior Management: "Do it Now or Else!"
    I have been told many times: It is not our job to teach students to behave. I don’t have time to fool with a student who misbehaves. The student doesn’t respect me, so why should I work with that student? But I don’t see how we can afford not to spend the time on behavior management. This reminds me of a ...
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    Be Guided by the Principles of Professionalism

    Be Guided by the Principles of Professionalism
    Great teachers are defined by the extent of their dedication to developing the attitudes, knowledge, and skills that are the hallmarks of a professional educator. As you begin to develop your career, let the following principles of professionalism guide your efforts: PRINCIPLE ONE: Commit yourself to the well - being and success of every student in your care. • Treat all ...
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    How to Choose Books for Students

    How to Choose Books for Students
    Whether shopping for an addition to your classroom library or simply trying to help a student choose a book from the library, teachers may need some tips on what makes a children's book good. Often we make choices based on some unknown or unspoken criteria. We might choose a book because we think the child will be drawn to the bright ...
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    Introducing Math in Smaller Fragments

    Introducing Math in Smaller Fragments
    It's Friday afternoon, and a girl in Jacob Lawler's fourth-grade math class has a furrowed brow. Tapping the desk with the eraser end of a well-worn pencil, she's pouting over a vexing work sheet on decimals. Lawler, bouncing from desk to desk in a portable at Edward Gonzales Elementary School, leans in for a look. "You don't have to know ...
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    A Guide to Outstanding Instruction

    A Guide to Outstanding Instruction
    Anyone can stand in front of a class and read from a teacher's edition textbook, but it takes a truly special and dedicated teacher to effectively engage his or her students. Teaching is committed to shaping teachers in the latter fashion. We have collected a series of articles written by industry experts to help you investigate new and creative styles of ...
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    Shut Up and Teach!

    Shut Up and Teach!
    I get so tired of hearing teachers complaining about No Child Left Behind. I get so tired of hearing teachers complain about administration. I get so tired of hearing teachers complain about parents. Shut up and teach! It’s a simple concept, but some teachers seem to derive greater joy from feeling victimized than they do from feeling victorious. After all, it’s ...
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    What 94 Teachers Know: Back-to-School Wisdom

    What 94 Teachers Know: Back-to-School Wisdom
    At this time of year it is almost impossible not to notice the “Back to School” signs stretched across the aisles in just about every department store. The bittersweet feeling those signs invoke—nostalgia for a slower summer pace and excitement at the prospect of a new school year—is a familiar one for teachers everywhere. Below, expert teachers offer words of advice ...
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    How to Teach on the First Day of School

    How to Teach on the First Day of School
    How you structure the first day of school sets the tone for the rest of the school year. For most teachers, this will be the first time that you meet your students, and first impressions are crucial for developing a prosperous school year together. If you are unprepared for the first day, it can give students the impression that they are ...
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