It's A Classroom Not A Bootcamp: Classroom Management 2.0

THE PROBLEM: TEACHERS START THE YEAR WITH “NO”

 Ah, yes—the first day of class. That special time of the year when everything starts fresh.

New students. New ideas. New opportunities.

And the same old first-day routine. If you are like many teachers, the first day of...

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Changing the Way You Offer Writing Workshops

 

Author and writing coach Angela Stockman on redesigning writing workshops

I remember my first introduction to writing workshop. I was a junior in college, completing my final seminar before student teaching, and the professor who I admired most throughout my undergraduate career assigned...

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Kindergarten Is Not The New First Grade: Supporting Students In The Early Years

We have a pivotal role at a critical time in education.

For many years, early learning was a luxury—a fun thing for little learners. Now, more research is indicating what educators already knew: that early learning is the most important learning. 

Research-based strategies that are...

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You're Burned Out, Stuck, and Ashamed: 3 Steps for Finishing the School Year Strong

It’s hard to assess your current reality and how it came to be when you’re just trying to keep your head above water. As teachers, we often don’t allow ourselves the time to reflect on where we started, where we are, how we got here, and where we want to be.

Teaching creates a...

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Lessons Learned From Baseball: How to Coach Students Through Math to Make It More Enjoyable

You’ve probably heard of the song by The Notorious B.I.G., “Mo Problems, Mo Money.” It’s an a cappella choral piece that poetically shares the scientific evidence which backs the claim that the amount of math homework students do per day has a direct impact on the...

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Getting To Know Your Students: Searching For the Spark In Each One

 Teachers often get swept up in student achievement. That’s totally understandable. It’s one of our primary jobs. But teachers also have an obligation to foster student passion. When students pursue their passion, their spark, they’re engaged.

That spark is hidden in some...

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Which of These 3 Educator Types Are You?

Ask a friend, "What type of educator are you?" and you'll get an array of answers. Some say, "I'm the type who gets things done," while others claim, "I'm the joker all kids love." The school administrator may contend to be, "The one who makes everyone succeed." 

We spent a few weeks talking...

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Email Overwhelm: Making Gmail Work for You

Years ago receiving an email was exciting, so you’d enjoy taking time to craft a reply.

Today, our inboxes are crammed full of emails. Many of us maintain multiple email addresses, which complicates the already complex daily ritual of deciding which unread messages are important and need...

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Google Is Your Friend: Learning and Embracing Google for Your Classroom Success

I was recently presented with a student-teacher who was unfamiliar with Google Classroom. Within a week, he was a card-carrying Google Classroom evangelist,

However, being a student-teacher meant that he didn’t have a school Google email account. No worries: He made his own separate school...

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Schools Need Lead Learners Not Bosses or Managers

When we asked educators to list the words they associate with school principals, their responses included: boss, disciplinarian,  supervisor, decision-maker, manager, evaluator disconnected, and isolated.

Although all these words are not necessarily negative, they don’t paint the most...

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