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November 4th, 2016

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4 Powerful Mindsets for Turning Stress Into a Positive Force. In a 2015 survey of 31,342 teachers, 73 percent said they often felt stressed.

4 Powerful Mindsets for Turning Stress Into a Positive Force

Only 3 percent said stress was rare—and frankly, I’m wondering if they filled in the wrong bubble. While 89 percent had been highly enthusiastic about teaching when they started, only 15 percent felt the same way at the time of the survey. With statistics like these, it’s easy to wonder: If stress is the norm, is burnout inevitable? The good news is, the answer is no. The latest research on resilience suggests that you can think about stress in ways that help prevent burnout and enhance well-being. 7 Ways to Calm a Young Brain in Trauma. A Past Marked by Tragedy and Trauma Max is one of my sixth-grade students.

7 Ways to Calm a Young Brain in Trauma

He meanders into the classroom each day carrying in a past filled with tragedy. His mother was murdered last spring and his father almost exactly a year before her. Eleven Things You Might Not Know About Teacher Retention and Turnover — but Should. Teacher turnover and strategies for keeping teachers in the classroom are long-standing issues in education policy.

Eleven Things You Might Not Know About Teacher Retention and Turnover — but Should

A recent NPR story and a report from the Learning Policy Institute sounded alarms about the attrition of qualified instructors and discussed ways to keep teachers in school. Teacher retention is an important issue, but to create good policy, it is important to get the facts right — and some of the conventional wisdom is off base. 1. Teachers’ turnover rates are comparable to those of similarly educated professionals, though higher than in some other professional occupations. New Teachers: Inspire Your Students to Write, Write, Write. Are you giving students permission to fire write (write like crazy)?

New Teachers: Inspire Your Students to Write, Write, Write

If there is too much pressure to get it right on the first draft it can often freeze up writers—not just young writers, all of us. Share with them the golden rule of fire writing: Don’t stop to erase, just keep writing. Sneeze those words onto the page! Also, think of ways to create a space that is inviting to your writers. That might mean playing music at a low volume while they fire write, or taking them outside to sit under the trees with their notebooks. 15 Must-Have Picture Books for Teaching Social-Emotional Skills.

Elementary school is a time for tremendous academic, as well as, personal growth.

15 Must-Have Picture Books for Teaching Social-Emotional Skills

And we care about reading, writing, math, and the sciences. We really do! But, for some of us, we care more about helping our little people become caring, considerate, confident citizens of the world. Why A School’s Master Schedule Is A Powerful Enabler of Change. When Jerry Smith became a principal six years ago he had been teaching for 22 years, so his administrative style is firmly rooted in the belief that the important stuff goes on in classrooms.

Why A School’s Master Schedule Is A Powerful Enabler of Change

When he took over Luella High School outside Atlanta, he began thinking about how he could propel fundamental change in what was then a traditional comprehensive high school. When a third of the students and a big chunk of the staff relocated to a new high school the district opened to ease crowding at Luella, Smith knew the moment was ripe for even bigger shifts. “We said we’re going to put anything and everything on the table and try to do this differently,” Smith said. He was appalled that the current system prioritized churning out graduates, many of whom weren’t actually “college and career ready — life ready,” as the school’s mission statement boldly pronounces.

And, the school certainly wasn’t doing a good job by its gifted students or those who were struggling, Smith said. 3 Unused Teaching Tools: The Furniture, Floors, and Walls. I was nervous about how the ninth-grade students would react.

3 Unused Teaching Tools: The Furniture, Floors, and Walls

All the tables were either against the walls or used to create the sides of a tour bus. The chairs that normally surrounded the tables were set in rows facing the projector screen as if they were looking out the window while seated on a bus.