What Gen X Leaders Need to Know About Gen Y Teachers

By Lisa Parry, M.Ed.

As a Gen Xer leader—born in 1972 and serving as an educator since 1994—I remember my family’s first desktop computer and bag phone. Each were expensive, complicated, daunting behemoths. 

My parents introduced these alien devices to my brother and me...

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HALT! Four Ways to Curb Unexpected Student Behaviors

By Lisa Parry, M.Ed.

As educators, we would certainly rather invest a chip in staving off unexpected behaviors than a chunk to clean up the aftermath of an unfortunate episode. (Note: “Unexpected behavior” is a behavior deemed unusual in a particular context. For example, hollering...

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Make a Difference for Non-Readers—Without Adding to Your Work Load!

 Yvonna Graham, M.Ed.r 

Those Kids (You Know the Ones I Mean)

If you teach high school, you have students who either try to disappear into the back or who think they are The Fonz reincarnated. Almost certainly, the dark secret they desperately try to hide is that they can't read.

They...

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Engaging Students With Inexpensive Supplies

By Casey Ewy

So many times, as an educator, I get caught up in the "big wow" of a lesson. I plan for days to develop an amazing hook, a captivating activity, and an engaging way to assess progress. I find myself overwhelmed, burned out, and exhausted by the day-to-day wow-ness of it all.

Don't...

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Dear Educators, How Deeply Are We Listening?

By Sarah Strong

The Difficulties We Face

The challenges at our school echo throughout my Twitter feed and through my many conversations with educator friends who are expressing a new depth of hurt and challenge this year about our student communities.

It's gotten me thinking about how we listen...

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Radical Professional Development for Cultural Change

By Darcy Bakkegard

No doubt you’ve seen the headlines: record highs of the number of teachers leaving the profession, record lows in job satisfaction, and sky-high stress. As COVID fades (fingers crossed), the effects on teaching and learning keep stacking up.

Administrators at all levels...

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From a Deficit Model to a Human-Centered Approach

By Dr. Byron McClure

Despite our roles in the field of education, we have all been misled, leading us to focus on the wrong things for way too long. It's not our fault. We shouldn't blame any one person, group, or philosophy.

The truth is that if you are a teacher, school administrator,...

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Facilitate An Effective Co-Teaching Relationship

By Erica Terry

Blindsided.

That’s exactly how I felt when I received my schedule two days before school started. After a glance, I quickly realized that as the new educator on the block, my administrator had assigned me to co-teach four periods of ninth-grade Biology—with three...

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The Secret to Creating Good Student Learning Habits

By Elizabeth Jorgensen

Can I tell you a secret? I hate grades.  

I don’t like judging my students or ranking them. I don’t like placing value on them or on their work. And I’ve found that if I place judgment on progress, students stop trying. 

While my colleagues...

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Required Reading is a Drag You Can Easily Fixed

Most students hate required reading. Hacking Literacy author Gerard Dawson explains how to improve this issue with the 80/20 Analysis in the Hack Learning Podcast episode above.

Here are the highlights:

The Problem: Required Reading is a Drag

Many literacy teachers face a conundrum:...

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