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    40 Active Learning Strategies for Active Students

    40 Active Learning Strategies for Active Students
    One of the most obvious ways to increase your classroom charisma is to increase the amount of active learning in your class. Not only will you find it easier to keep students engaged during one of the most difficult times of the year (the warm weather days of spring), but you will find that your students will retain information with greater ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    8 Strategies for Improving Student Writing

    8 Strategies for Improving Student Writing
    I often get inspiration for my job from the little sayings on my tea satchel. What? I work in a large, urban school district, I gotta get inspiration everywhere I can. At least I’m not reading the tea leaves for what to do, right? The other day, my tea told me that “If you want to know something, read. If you ...
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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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    Strategies for Building Oral Language Skills

    Strategies for Building Oral Language Skills
    In my free time, I have been writing curriculum designed to teach beginning special education teachers what they need to know about teaching students with special needs. I am on page 600 and have 4 more sessions to write. I mean, there is a LOT that teachers need to know. I don’t know how you people do it. And I have ...
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    Lesson Planning Tips for Different Student Levels

    Lesson Planning Tips for Different Student Levels
    Teachers use differentiated teaching to cater to diverse learning needs. All students are different in terms of their achievement, ability, learning and cognitive styles as well as attitudes, pace of learning, personality and motivation. Using Differentiated Instruction with Different Students The lower performing and average students are motivated to try and increase their knowledge because of the input of the stronger ...
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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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    9 Keys to Teaching a Successful Lesson

    9 Keys to Teaching a Successful Lesson
    1. Start With the Standards Each teacher has a set of standards by grade level and subject that they are tasked to accomplish throughout the year. If you haven't committed them to memory, make sure you post them or have them ready for easy reference. These standards should guide everything you do. Follow the wording of the standard closely to make ...
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    The Ten Principles of Motivation

    The Ten Principles of Motivation
    Motivating students is a complicated business no matter what age they may be. When students want to complete their work and want to succeed, things will go well in your classroom--they will learn and you will have a rewarding day at school. Here are ten very brief ideas that I find useful in my teaching practice. 1. All learning must have ...
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    Strategies to Assess and Increase Reading Fluency

    Strategies to Assess and Increase Reading Fluency
    Fluency is the ability to read a text accurately, quickly, and with proper expression and comprehension. Students who are able to read orally with speed, accuracy, and expression, but who do not simultaneously understand what they read, are not fluent. Educators value assessments of rate and accuracy because they help determine a child's level of automaticity, or the "fast, effortless word ...
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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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    5 Ways to Teach with Learning Objectives

    5 Ways to Teach with Learning Objectives
    It’s a simple premise: our students should know what they are learning and why. The best way to accomplish this is through having learning objectives for every lesson. Yet, teachers tend to make some common mistake around learning objectives. Knowing these common mistakes will help you maximize your practice of using learning objectives: 1) CLEARLY POST LEARNING OBJECTIVES. Don’t make the ...
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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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    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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    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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    8 Tips for Teaching Grammar without a Worksheet

    8 Tips for Teaching Grammar without a Worksheet
    1. Grammar instruction is most naturally integrated during the revising, editing, and proofreading phases of the writing process. During writing conferences, use various strategies to teach the concept(s) or skill(s) that would enhance the piece that the student is working on right then. Don't overwhelm them with too many errors; focus on the most the corrections that will do the most ...
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