Understanding Why Students Quit

We all spend a lot of time praising traits like hard work, determination, perseverance, and grit—and noting their importance in overcoming any challenge or obstacle. Whether in the classroom, office, or on the athletic field, we know these are the elements of achievement and success.

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Knowing Your Why and 6 Strategies for Connecting with Anxious Students

Anxiety is a curious illness. Because we have all felt anxious at some point, we think we understand clinical anxiety, but the two experiences are very different.

Before educators can understand what to do to support students with anxiety, they must understand why what they are already doing...

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Are You Ready to be a Mentor?

What does it mean to be a mentor? Though Mr. Webster may define it as “an experienced and trusted adviser,” we aren’t convinced his definition has been actualized in the field of education. 

After all, though many mentors are by definition “experienced,” that...

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Designing a Library That Brings Curriculum to Life: 5 Innovative Ways to Collaborate with Teachers

Libraries should be staging areas for dynamic collaborative programs, and yet so many only serve as storage and circulation centers for books within a school learning community.

A school library can be so much more for students and teachers, with numerous devices and various technologies that...

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Too Many Standards for Teachers: Realistic steps for teachers creating curriculum

Instructional design is an important function in the role of teacher. It is not a product for teachers to receive; it is a crucial, creative responsibility of the job. That which teachers design, detail by detail, is the foundation for their other roles: guide, docent, disseminator,...

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Making Content Contagious: 5 Ways to be an uNforgettable Teacher

Students fall in love with content that teachers love to teach.

As teachers, we must treat the content we teach like the team we’re endorsing. When we allow our passion for what we teach to leak out, and we become the biggest fans of our content—when we, in short, become our own...

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Compassionate Teaching: 5 Ways to Find Joy and Well-being for You and Your Students

 

Compassion is power.

Some associate power with the victors, the ultra-competitive, the publicity seekers, the sarcastic, the masters of Machiavellian tactics … the people we celebrate in contemporary society. Such individuals are often considered virile and heroic, but these...

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5 Journal Prompts to Get You Started

 

Journaling provides the perfect channel for introspection. Writing, even for only a few minutes a day, helps you be more present for the rest of the day. It cultivates a sense of awareness, calmness, and purpose. It boosts creativity. It can help you cope with stress and anxiety. It can...

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Restorative Justice in the Classroom: 5 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility

According to the Civil Rights Data Collection, of the 49 million students enrolled in public schools in 2011–2012, 3.5 million were suspended in-school, 3.45 million were suspended out-of-school, and 130,000 were expelled.

Another concerning fact from this source is that black students are...

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Letting Go Of Control And Creating Healthy Habits To Beat Teacher Burnout

Being a perfectionist, people-pleasing, or a control freak has become the routine in some schools, and it’s almost a rite of passage to being a teacher.

Thanks to social media and search engines, you can find many ways to color code, label, and use a custom font for every file, drawer, and...

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