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Then One Day I Decided, “Why Fight It?”

Then One Day I Decided, “Why Fight It?”


Common Misconceptions about Socratic Seminars and How to Use Them Effectively

Common Misconceptions about Socratic Seminars and How to Use Them Effectively


I’ve talked to a lot of teachers about using Socratic seminars in class, a lesson format in which students take…

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Ways to Include Student Voice in Your Teaching

Ways to Include Student Voice in Your Teaching


Some of the most impactful learning comes from activities that allow students to speak their minds and volunteer their own…

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5 Ways to Use Movement in Lessons to Help Students Refocus

5 Ways to Use Movement in Lessons to Help Students Refocus


Getting kids to sit still for six hours a day is an almost impossible task!  In the lower grades, recess…

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6 Simple Ways To Promote An Attitude Of Gratitude In Your Classroom

6 Simple Ways To Promote An Attitude Of Gratitude In Your Classroom


In the wake of school violence, suicide and a host of other social problems that plague children and youth, teachers…

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When All Else Fails, Turn up the Music!

When All Else Fails, Turn up the Music!


As a fourth grade social studies teacher I am often faced with comments such as, “History is so boring! How…

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Why We Need to Discuss Controversial Issues in the Classroom

Why We Need to Discuss Controversial Issues in the Classroom


Our students may not watch the news with the same kind of habitual regularity as their parents (or our parents)…

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An Experiment in Mindfulness

An Experiment in Mindfulness


When I hit my fifth year of teaching, I felt pretty confident. I’d worked in three different schools, from inner-city…

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Developing and Reinforcing Responsibility in Your Students

Developing and Reinforcing Responsibility in Your Students


Early on in my teaching career, I recognized that while students were expected to take on more responsibility in high…

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What Assessment Really Means

What Assessment Really Means


I remember when, in my first year of teaching, I decided that Fahrenheit 451 would be a good choice for…

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A Fresh Look at the First Day of School

A Fresh Look at the First Day of School


The first day of school is fast approaching, and with it, the question of what you’re going to do on…

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Be an Inspiration for Organization!

Be an Inspiration for Organization!


As teachers, we all want our students to be organized. We want them to be able to find any supply…

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Making the Most of the End of Summer

Making the Most of the End of Summer


Maybe you saw the first one in mid-July, or just a few days ago. Maybe you saw it in early July,…

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5 Tips for Using Fidget Toys in the Classroom (and Staying Sane!)

5 Tips for Using Fidget Toys in the Classroom (and Staying Sane!)


Love them or hate them, fidget toys are one of the latest fads to storm the world of education. These little…

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In Defense of Fidget Spinners

In Defense of Fidget Spinners


If you work in a school, you probably know what a fidget spinner is.  You may have even seen other…

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How Mindset Can Transform Your Math Class

How Mindset Can Transform Your Math Class


One of the things I truly enjoy about teaching is that I also enjoy learning, and decades into my teaching…

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Strategies for When Teaching Gets Tough

Strategies for When Teaching Gets Tough


Teacher burnout. Unfortunately, this is too common in our profession. I think back over my years of teaching and think…

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