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 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 that can easily be 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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Do you have a Shelly or Juan in your classroom?

 Juan and Shelly are walking home from school, both looking down and kicking an empty, crushed soda can. Finally, Juan breaks the silence.

"Shelly, did you ask any questions in class today?"

"No," she says quietly. "The teachers hate me, and when they do call on me, the kids all laugh."...

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5 simple Hacks to improve questions and answers in your classroom

Asking questions is one of the best ways to get students thinking about a topic. However, not all questions are created equal. Some questions are simply factual recitations or closed questions that can be easily answered with a yes or no.

To increase student engagement and understanding, ask...

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5 educator must-do's during winter break

Dear educator, winter break is finally here! It's time to relax and recharge before the new year. Here are five fun and healthy must-do's during your time away from the classroom:

1. Catch up on sleep.

Most educators could use more sleep. Likely you're nodding your head in agreement....

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