uNveiling a Place to Call Home: Making the Classroom a Safe Space for Every Student

No matter how much we travel or how often we go away, there is always one place we look forward to getting back to: home. It is the place where we feel most comfortable, loved, and free.

Home is where we are accepted for who we are by those we love the most. After a long day at work, home is...

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Limiting Quit Points: Supporting Students in Creative Ways

Trying to account for the individual needs of diverse learners is one of the most significant challenges for educators.

Even when teachers use dynamic resources and offer active learning opportunities, some students will be bored or fall behind.

We all learn differently, and our success in the...

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Teaching with Compassion: Tools for creating magnificent days

Magenta is bold, it’s vibrant, and the color holds noble qualities. 

Teaching in Magenta means creating magnificent days. This post provides a refreshing approach to teaching that puts your joy and well-being first so you can share those attributes with your students.

Veteran...

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3 Reasons Why Project Based Learning Works

Before you continue reading this post, take some time to reflect on your own school experience.

Whether it was a few years ago, or a few decades ago, what are those learning experiences that you remember most? What were those experiences that kept you most engaged? Which experiences had the best...

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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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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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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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Tech Support: 6 Ways Students Can Fix Small Scale Technical Problems

Technology use in schools is growing at an exponential rate. Every year brings more opportunities for integrating technology into our teaching, and along with them come higher expectations for teachers.

To meet those expectations, schools need two things: training, to learn how to operate the...

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