Cultivating Student Happiness: Beware of Toxic Positivity

By Lisa Parry

When my oldest daughter graduated from high school a few years ago, I gave her and her four closest friends a bracelet with this affirming message:

She believed she could, so she did.

It seemed like the perfect sentiment for five young ladies ready to leave the comfort and security...

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The Benefits of Books on Dealing With Anxiety

While reading, in general, can help alleviate stress and anxiety, helping you feel more relaxed, if you’re looking for anxiety tips for your daily life, you can find books on dealing with anxiety specifically. When you read these books, you will experience many benefits.

Learn Essential...

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Retaining our Great Teachers

By Martin Silverman

In 1966, the phenomenal Motown trio The Supremes sang the classic song “You Keep Me Hangin' On." Though this song speaks of a couple with differing opinions on the state of their relationship, the song's message resonates today with educators as we consider how to keep...

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Why I Was Done with Late Work

 

By Elizabeth Jorgensen

I wish I had realized this sooner:

Students complete late work not because they care about the authenticity of the assignment but because they want to move their grade up a letter.

Early in my teaching career, I accepted all late work. At the end of each semester, I...

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Civics is Good, but Politics are Bad: A Serious Conundrum

By Michelle Blanchet

 “I’m sorry to be political” or “I’m sorry to bring politics into this” became phrases over the years when people want to discuss something important in our world.

I often wonder what this means and why people think they need to...

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ReAssess … ReConsider … ReImagine

 By Dr. Tony P. Sinanis and Joe Sanfelippo

One of the greatest opportunities that consistently presents itself to educators is the opportunity to reassess, reconsider, and reimagine our practices.

Whether it happens when we transition from one quarter to another or one school year to...

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What Does a Grade Mean? Hacking Assessment Shifts the Conversation

By Starr Sackstein

When it comes time to set goals with students, inevitably, there are several whose highest aspiration is to achieve an A in all of their classes because this is what the system and their parents have impressed upon them for years.

They don’t have a plan except to do all...

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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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