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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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    What Kind of Questions Do You Ask?

    What Kind of Questions Do You Ask?
    Do I just ask my students knowledge-based questions or do I require critical thinking to answer my questions? I was listening to a Wicked Decent Learning podcast today when they started talking about the questions asked in the classroom and what kinds of questions they were. This had me reminisce back to when I took a statistics class in college and ...
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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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    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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    7 Ways to Start a Great Lesson

    7 Ways to Start a Great Lesson
    Planning is such an important part of anyone’s career. Just like writers need to plan a story and have marketing plans to sell their work, teachers always must have different kinds of attention grabbing activities and especially in the case when a lesson beginning backfires. The most important part of a lesson occurs during the first five minutes. If the activity ...
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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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    Practicial Wisdom for Succeeding in the Classroom

    Practicial Wisdom for Succeeding in the Classroom
    Recently I interviewed Gini Cunningham, author of New Teacher’s Companion: Practical Wisdom for Succeeding in the Classroom, on how teachers can work under tight time and curriculum constraints yet still maintain a positive relationship with faculty and other teachers. I asked Gini for some advice and suggestions on how teachers and especially new teachers, can foster more positive and collaborative relationships ...
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    How to Lob a Discussion Bomb

    How to Lob a Discussion Bomb
    Teachers are forever throwing discussion bombs out into the middle of the classroom floor hoping to ignite some type of viable conversation to help students connect to prior knowledge, connect to new knowledge, and create even more questions for future lessons. So, one day last year found me sitting on my classroom stool waiting for conversations to stop, papers to stop ...
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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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    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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    A Case for Sharing Your Stories With Students

    A Case for Sharing Your Stories With Students
    Kids love it when their teachers share stories about their lives. I’m not exactly sure why, but I can remember being a young student and loving to hear about the experiences of my teachers, the mistakes they made, and the lessons they learned. Taking advantage of an “educational moment” and sharing how a certain event changed our lives can sometimes have ...
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    Teaching Pregnant Teenagers

    Teaching Pregnant Teenagers
    Now before you roll your eyes and move to another post, this is not a discussion about the pros and cons of abortion so don’t worry. I’m not going to get into that discussion. According to the U.S. Teenage Pregnancy Statistics: National and State Trends and Trends by Race and Ethnicity, each year, almost 750,000 teenage women aged 15–19 become pregnant. ...
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    5 Simple Ways to Teach Better

    5 Simple Ways to Teach Better
    When students aren’t engaged, it’s usually time to reexamine how you can adjust your instruction. Adjusting instruction means providing more opportunities for students to learn successfully based on information you gather such as their interests, work habits, motivation and learning styles and academic performance. Doing this on a consistent basis helps refine instruction so they can succeed. Successful teachers are those ...
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    What Happened to "Fun" Learning?

    What Happened to "Fun" Learning?
    Each summer there were enrichment classes offered by our school district and I always thought all schools did this until I became a teacher. I never realized how lucky I was to go to these classes. These classes were offered at the same time the remedial summer school classes were offered. One summer I took a guitar class and writing class. ...
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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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