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Life Skills As Critical As Basic Skills

Somewhere around fourth grade, students stop learning like sponges and become more like mollusks. But why do students lose that zest for learning they once showed in the primary grades? As children develop their own identity, they are less likely to want to learn what we know they need to learn and will be more likely to choose to learn only what interests them. The problem is what interests them is usually in direct contrast to what they need to learn to become contributing members of…

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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 10, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Are They Talking Behind Your Back?

Whether you want to admit it, or not, there are two societies thriving in your classroom; one is in plain view which you take credit for leading fearlessly, and keeping under control,and then something very human begins to happen right behind your back. Whether we like it or not, an “underground” society emerges which you as the teacher are not privy to, a secret society…
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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 7, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Evolution of Vocabulary Instruction: Fotobabble.com

So on Monday, you assign your students 20 vocabulary words; give them a menu of tried and true vocabulary exercises on Tuesday to challenge them to learn and use the words throughout the week; test them on Friday, yet half the students fail the vocabulary test. A month later, most students say they have never heard those words in their entire…

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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 6, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Reform Symposium 29-31 July 2011

Added by Shamblesguru on July 28, 2011 at 4:18am — No Comments

Texas Replaces School Science Books with a 21st Century eLearning Solution

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced last year that they planned to replace printed science text books in their schools with eBooks that could be downloaded by the students and teachers.  A Houston-based educational resources company decided that schools would benefit from a far more ambitious resource and invested heavily into developing a 21st Century science teaching program that will show the rest of the world the future of education.   Texas schools are not being…

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Added by Daren Pickering on July 21, 2011 at 7:09am — No Comments

Transforming our Educational System-There is a Silver Bullet!



Why this topic?



I recently received a tweet highlighting a contest sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt called “The Global Education Challenge,” and immediately clicked on the link to learn more. The sponsors declare that “through the Global Education Challenge, we hope to find truly original ideas… Continue

Added by Bill Burkhead on July 14, 2011 at 2:13pm — 2 Comments

A lesson from PBL

Those who have ever attempted to create a Problem Based Learning (PBL) lesson know how difficult it is to come up with a complex, multi-staged problem that directs the students toward learning the subject matter (objective), without explicitly stating it. Have you tried it out?



Without directions, most students get lost. I remember being in university classes at the end of the term and someone would always raise their hand in class and ask “When is the exam? Where? What’s on it?” and… Continue

Added by Erika Podlovics on April 26, 2011 at 8:55pm — 1 Comment

HIDING IN PLAIN VIEW: Supporting Young Teachers

© Julie Boyd





How many times does it need to be said? Young teachers need our protection?



Of course they absolutely need to learn to stand on their own two feet. Those who are

game enough to take on our ‘more challenging schools’ need a bit of extra protection

until they do find their feet and then some. Some ‘danger money’ wouldn’t go astray

either!



A young friend at the beginning of her teaching career hit the end of her rope last… Continue

Added by Julie Boyd on April 22, 2011 at 1:34am — No Comments

"We Are One!" A Day of Solidarity, April 4, 2011

They thought we were sleeping. They thought we were lulled into complacency with reality TV, cable television, DVR, fast food, and the latest tech gadgets. They were wrong! Gov. Scott Walker thought no one was paying attention. He thought he could scale back collective bargaining rights of state workers, and no one would notice. Shhhh!



However, the sleeping giant awakened, and proved that America was still the land of the free. I am proud of the teachers in Wisconsin.…

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Added by Lisa Mims on April 7, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

EdcampPlano -Registration is Open!

Registration is now open for EdcampPlano which is scheduled for May 14, 2011 at the Sockwell Center from Professional Development in Plano, TX.



Registration opened Friday, April 1st at 6:00 AM and after one full day, the event has secured almost 100 attendees making it a third of the way full with capacity being set at 300. Numerous North Texas school districts will be represented at EdcampPlano and districts as far away as North East ISD in San Antonio, TX will be in attendance as… Continue

Added by Matt Arend on April 3, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Substitutes

Today my goal was to visit with each substitute in my building and improve the relationship with each one.  Many times when substitutes come into the building they are ignored.  The only time they are focused on is when they are unable to control the class.  The only expectation of a sub is to keep the kids quiet and engaged long enough so the end of the day bell can ring.  Often, when a sub comes  into the building they do not have anywhere to hang their coat or… Continue

Added by Steve Bollar on February 23, 2011 at 9:09pm — No Comments

101 Low and No-Cost Promotions for Your School Fundraiser

I believe there is one relationship within a school that is the most important - the relationship between teacher and parent.  Teachers that communicate to parents directly and encourage a partnership of student development and learning create a bond and trust and parents want to be actively involved.

 

Enter school fundraisers. 

 

Many times, teachers resist supporting fundraising from the parent group or principal because it interferes with the…

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Added by Jay Moneta on February 14, 2011 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Be a “Ray of Light” when someone can’t be…The 30 Goals

February 1, 2011
by teachingwithsoul

Goal 1 today in The 30 Goals Challenge is to Be a Beam.

When I thought about how the idea of “being a beam” reflects in my practice, I thought of it more as a Ray of Light.

How can I be a Ray of Light for someone who needs one, especially…

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Added by Lisa Michelle Dabbs on February 1, 2011 at 9:01pm — 1 Comment

Seek your voice & passion with The 30 Goals Challenge #30Goals

 

I’m so excited to share this amazing challenge with all of you! For those who follow or visit my blog, you know that I’ve posted The 30 Goals Song of the Week here and on FaceBook for a few months now. I’ve also shared that more exciting work in this piece was coming. Well…Now it’s here and we are ready to take this journey to…

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Added by Lisa Michelle Dabbs on January 31, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Want a Qwiki?

Before my hubby said hello to me, he said, "There's a new search engine that they say is going to knock Google out of the box." "It's caledl Qwiki." He heard about it on CNN Qwiki video.



"Really?" I replied, not really interested because I had spent the entire day at work, and then an hour reading to 3 and 4 year olds. (Who by the way are a joy to read to.) I trudged up the stairs behind him, and watched as he sat down and demonstrated…

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Added by Lisa Mims on January 25, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Happy New Year! A Teacher's Resolutions.

New Year’s resolutions, who really keeps them? I make them every year, in a list,mentally, verbally to others, and I never, ok, rarely keep them. But here are some resolutions I think all teachers should keep:



I resolve to:



1. treat all students fairly, regardless of race, gender, age, behavior, parent’s nasty attitude, desire to be educated, or lack of interest in learning

2. believe all children can learn, no…
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Added by Lisa Mims on January 9, 2011 at 11:21pm — No Comments

Losing Quality Teachers – Part 3

In Parts 1 and 2, I discussed the fact that we are losing quality teachers as a result of new teacher burnout as well as retiring experienced teachers. I have shared what I believe to be the personal effects that high teacher turnover has on students who will miss out on the guidance and mentorship I received from past teachers of mine. The impact of losing quality teachers is not only detrimental for our students; it also bears significant financial repercussions for local economies and the…

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Added by Meredith Harris on November 23, 2010 at 10:54am — No Comments

Losing Quality Teachers – Part 2

In an earlier post, I discussed the tendency of new educators to leave the teaching profession in the infancy of their careers and asked why and what can be done to support new teachers. New teacher burnout isn’t the only cause of high turnover in today’s schools: Thousands of baby boomer teachers are at retirement-age. Schools are now faced with the problem of replacing younger new teachers as well as retiring experienced teachers.…

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Added by Meredith Harris on November 12, 2010 at 11:43am — No Comments

Go in There and Earn an Oscar - 10 Myths for New Teachers

As a new crop of teachers are slowly being introduced via email by my principal, I thought about what I was told in college about what to do as a new teacher. And then I thought about how horrible some of that

advice was. So here is my top ten of new teacher myths - feel free to

add more, I know they are out there!



Myth 1: Children are only learning when they are quiet and focused on the teacher.

Reality: So we all know this one isn't true,…

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Added by Pernille Ripp on June 29, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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