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Bringing Math Into the Real World with Technology

Bringing Math Into the Real World with Technology


Strategies for Attention Seeking Behaviors

Strategies for Attention Seeking Behaviors


It’s frustrating when your students are constantly misbehaving in order to get your attention or the attention of their classmates.…

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A Step-by-Step Guide for Using Puppets to Nurture Your Primary Students’ Reading Development

A Step-by-Step Guide for Using Puppets to Nurture Your Primary Students’ Reading Development


Young children benefit from interacting with the same story again and again. They develop rich story language, learn new vocabulary…

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Avoid “Aboutitus”: Curate Your Classroom with Insiders

Avoid “Aboutitus”: Curate Your Classroom with Insiders


What exactly is “Aboutitus?” It’s our tendency and habit of presenting a subject as bits & pieces, isolated elements, small topics,…

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

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


In 2015, I started out with a great group of third grade students. I knew many of the students as…

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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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Helping Students of Mixed Abilities Achieve in the Special Ed Math Classroom

Helping Students of Mixed Abilities Achieve in the Special Ed Math Classroom


There is nothing in the world more that I would want to do as a profession than be a high…

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Tips for Teachers on How to Better Manage Overwhelm [VIDEO]

Tips for Teachers on How to Better Manage Overwhelm [VIDEO]


Teachers have a lot to manage in the classroom and in their lives. Here are some tips for teachers on…

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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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Mindsets in the Classroom [VIDEO]

Mindsets in the Classroom [VIDEO]


Mindsets in teaching and learning are being recognized as a core foundation in education according to Heritage Institute instructor Brenda…

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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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Using Personal Maps to Better Get to Know Your Students

Using Personal Maps to Better Get to Know Your Students


Getting to know your students can be a challenge, especially when you see over 100 different kids in one day.…

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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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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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