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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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    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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    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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    5 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers

    5 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers
    Here is some detailed information about some of the procedures I set up in my own life that have allowed me to be more effective. These 5 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers may help teachers who are struggling to maintain their sanity. Habit 1:Communication Procedures Without question, one of the most essential elements of any good relationship is clear and open ...
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    10 Steps to Becoming a Great Teacher

    10 Steps to Becoming a Great Teacher
    Congratulations! First of all, I want to congratulate you on taking the first step of this journey toward becoming a great teacher! I can’t even begin to describe for you the exciting possibilities that await you as you move through these lessons and begin to come over to the other side. If your experiences are anything like mine as I ...
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    Why Bill Nye The Science Guy and I Will Never Be Friends

    Why Bill Nye The Science Guy and I Will Never Be Friends
    Seriously. This really isn't a joke...it sounds funny, but really, it is somewhat tragic. Every single time I attempt a science experiment, without fail, the science experiment will either fail or yield some bizarre results that end up reinforcing the exact opposite idea in my students. Last year, because of an experiment gone wrong, I may have inadvertently taught an entire ...
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    Put the F** Word Back into Teaching and Get Noticed

    Put the F** Word Back into Teaching and Get Noticed
    Students want to have FUN. When planning your curriculum, imagine yourself as a student. Would this be a lesson that you would be interesting and engaging? If the answer is no, then inject some FUN and be a little silly. It’s okay! Be experimental, which means taking some risk that the lesson won’t work. So be it. We are practitioners, always ...
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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 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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    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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    The Best Ways to Reflect on Teaching

    The Best Ways to Reflect on Teaching
    Reflection is something that an effective educator does instinctively for themselves. I see reflection as one of those things hard-wired into a teacher. If you are not the type of individual who automatically spends time considering the how and why success or failure of your time with students in your classroom then perhaps teaching is not for you. Reflection is ...
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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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    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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    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 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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    Is Teaching Hard Work?

    Is Teaching Hard Work?
    Teaching is hard work and those of us who teach work very hard indeed. Sometimes the work is in the planning, sometimes in the instruction, sometimes in the guidance of students, and sometimes the work is in figuring out what works best for us as teachers working with our students in our classrooms. The beauty of this last type of work ...
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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 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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    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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