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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


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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Building Confident Readers

Building Confident Readers


“I don’t read.”   As a teacher of social studies and English, I’ve heard this more times than I can remember. Every…

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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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4 Questions to Ask Yourself for Successful Seating Charts

4 Questions to Ask Yourself for Successful Seating Charts


“So, when are we moving seats?”   I get this question about once every six weeks, and it works like an unofficial…

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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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Why You Should Consider Allowing Cell Phone Use in Your Middle School Music Classroom

Why You Should Consider Allowing Cell Phone Use in Your Middle School Music Classroom


The bell rings and the students amble into the room. You stand at your post, greeting your middle schoolers, and…

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A Time Filler Triumph

A Time Filler Triumph


This article is dedicated to my esteemed colleagues who, like myself, belong to the Band Directors Facebook Group. This is…

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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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