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5 Ways to Bring Out the Best in Everybody in Your School. Jasmine walked into the room with her feet shuffling.

5 Ways to Bring Out the Best in Everybody in Your School

At this instant, she was tired. In addition to cross country, she’d been going to cheer practice and One Act Play. Furthermore, it was also the end of the first grading period and all of her teachers wanted everything YESTERDAY. Last week, her team was eliminated from the state softball playoff and Jasmine was still upset about several plays where she knew she didn’t do her best. On top of that, one of her favorite teachers just died of cancer and the funeral was on Monday.


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GET GRAPHIC: The World In Words and Pictures. Graphic Novel Resources for Educators As an educator you can utilize the Get Graphic!

GET GRAPHIC: The World In Words and Pictures

Website to learn more about graphic novels, investigate booklists, explore graphic novel news and information, and learn about graphic novel related events around Western New York. How Pineapple Charts Revolutionize Professional Development. This post contains Amazon Affiliate links.

How Pineapple Charts Revolutionize Professional Development

If you click these and make a purchase from Amazon, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support. Professional Development: The phrase has a way of striking dread into the hearts of teachers. But not because teachers don’t WANT to improve. Not because we believe we’re done growing and learning. Focus 2 Achieve - Google It! Collaborative Classroom Activity. I went over the directions and reiterated cooperation.

Focus 2 Achieve - Google It! Collaborative Classroom Activity

I repeated the directions and gave them the go-ahead. Off they went googling "isotopes. " Starting out with this activity instead of direct instruction allowed me to walk around the room, talk to students, ask questions, redirect the ones who needed it, and get a glimpse into how my students learn. Activity 3 - A Book of Your Own. I’m going to urge you to keep a very special kind of book—a working journal.

Activity 3 - A Book of Your Own

It’s not a diary, it’s a book for recording ideas and plans, and its purpose is to support your efforts to be more self-directed and productive. It’s magic, and I’ll tell you why and how in a minute. Successful people from all walks of life keep such a book, and for lots of good reasons. Think of Leonardo da Vinci. Kate's Science Classroom Cafe: Pocket-Sized Class List Idea. Pocket-sized class lists.

Kate's Science Classroom Cafe: Pocket-Sized Class List Idea

Why didn't I think of that? File Folder Bookmark DIY for Interactive Notebooks. Engaging students with science models has long been at the cornerstone of good science instruction, but could we be doing even more to improve visual literacy in our science classes?

File Folder Bookmark DIY for Interactive Notebooks

Visual Learning Visual literacy is no doubt a valuable 21st Century Skill where students are expected to “interpret, recognize, appreciate, and understand information presented through visible actions, objects and symbols.” Student memory of science content is accomplished primarily through practice, imagery and patterns. So, we plan lessons using interactive notebook templates, card sorts, task cards, video clips and visual games (to name a few) that target these memory tools and work to keep students engaged along the way.

28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies - 28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies by TeachThought Staff For in-person professional development from TeachThought on effective instructional strategies or any other topic your school or district might need, contact us today.

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Student-centered teaching is teaching designed for the student. This means that planning often begins with the student in mind as opposed to a school policy or curriculum artifact, for example. Done well, it can disarm some of the more intimidating parts of academia, while also shortening the distance between the student and understanding. Management. Ahh, classroom management.


Many of us tend to equate classroom management with discipline (and for that matter, to equate discipline with punishment, but that's another story). I see classroom management as the processes and procedures that are in place to mitigate the need for punishment, leaving discipline to cleave to its roots of "to follow. " Anything else is not classroom management. It’s damage control. Classroom management starts, for me, with very clear expectations, and firmly established procedures. Room Arrangement One of the goals of my room set-up is to minimize non-instructional interaction. There are clear procedures written on the whiteboard behind my desk for absentees, make up work, and getting extra help.

Organization and clear expectations greet students at the door. Flipping with Kirch. Gmail - Free Storage and Email from Google. Gmail - Free Storage and Email from Google. Mindprint Learning. HippoCampus - Homework and Study Help - Free help with your algebra, biology, environmental science, American government, US history, physics and religion homework.

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The Teacher's Guide to Tech – Welcome to the end of tech overwhelm. Assessment. Grading. Chemistry. 4 stages to connect with students. Task Card Corner: Using Task Cards in Interactive Notebooks. Using Mobile Phones in the Classroom: A Classroom Contract ~ Artful Artsy Amy. How 6 Secondary Teachers Keep Their Classrooms Organized. Ah, organization.

How 6 Secondary Teachers Keep Their Classrooms Organized

It’s a coveted state, that’s for sure. But getting there can be far from easy. How To Grow Crystals - Science Notes and Projects. Growing crystals is a fun and educational science project. The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies. Listen to this article as a podcast episode: Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 38:22 — 53.1MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | The Teacher (as Designer)'s Tool Box. 13 Free Planner Pages and Resources For Teachers. Even though it’s the end of the school year, the hunt for great resources never stops and one of the things that I have really been hunting for are teacher planner pages.

Most times, I’ll find a link to a set of planning pages that takes me to teacherpayteachers (And admittedly, I have actually purchased one to use next year). However, once and awhile, I will come across a planning page that is free and really useful, either just as it is or as a template to create my own version. As I pieced together some of the recent teacher planner pages, I found some other resources that I thought I would share. It’s a wild mix of resources but they have all been of use to me and I hope, in sharing them with you, you will also find them to be useful. I’ve put my favorite ones here to share with you. Peek At The Week.

13 Free Planner Pages and Resources For Teachers. Should Teachers Grade Homework? There are quite a few different views about whether or not homework should be graded. Some say absolutely not; others definitely yes. And still others choose to just give a completion grade but not grade the work itself. I suppose I’ve actually fallen into all three camps at different points.

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Paper Slide Videos - Guidelines. National Chemistry Week. National Chemistry Week 2013. National Chemistry Week Themes. How To Make Your Own Washi Tape Tutorial. This would be good for a classroom door! Spanish Teacher Blog - Throw Away Your Textbook!Ideas For a Fun & Focused Spanish Classroom. STEM Study Tips for Teens. 7 Simple Ways to Use Technology With Purpose – A.J. JULIANI.

Why are you using technology? Or more importantly, how are you using technology to better the learning in your classroom and/or school? If you are like me, then you’ve had your fair share of technology screw-ups. Projects that didn’t make sense (but used the tech you wanted to bring in). Challenge Ideas. Using TED to Develop Presentation Skills - The Tech Classroom.

I recently attended the CATESOL conference in Oakland, CA and heard about a fantastic lesson plan that teaches presentation skills using TED. The presenter was Marina Broeder from Mission College in Santa Clara, CA. Amazon. Amazon.