Christmas Gifts For The Teacher in Your Life (Even if That’s YOU!)

admin / November 30, 2018

The holiday season is a great way to remind the teacher in your life that they’re special, loved, and appreciated.  Whether that teacher is a friend, colleague, your child’s educator, or you, remember them as it’s the season for giving.  Here are 13 ideas for Christmas gifts for teachers, complied and vetted by a real teacher–me. I hope the teacher in your life enjoys!  

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Beginning of Year, Educational Topics, Personal Development, Professional Development

Personal Professional Development: Stay Current On Your Own Terms

admin / September 19, 2018

Now that the new school year is well underway, it’s time to start thinking about professional development.  I’m not talking about those presentations your school makes you sit through, which may or may not be helpful for your practice.  I’m talking about personal professional development. Personal professional development answers these questions: What do you do to stay current in your practice?  How do you ensure you’re pushing yourself forward and growing as a teacher?

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Beginning of Year, Strategies for the Classroom, Teacher Topics

Beginning of Year Classroom Organization

admin / September 7, 2018

Maybe this is your first year teaching, if so: congratulations!  Or maybe it’s your 30th. Congratulations to you, too! Either way, teachers spend the end of summer and beginning of school year the same: preparing for new students.  The first order of business is usually getting that classroom ready for instruction. Your classroom is your school home, and it’s important that it reflects your personal style as a teacher (you’re going to spend a lot of time there–might as well enjoy yourself!) and is welcoming, safe, and conducive to learning.  Consider these ways of organizing your classroom this year.

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Beginning of Year, Classroom Management, Educational Topics

Building Relationships: The First Step in Creating Classroom Culture

admin / August 24, 2018

At the start of each new school year is a fresh beginning–a chance to re-brand, try new things, or make an impact on your students.  No matter what your focus is this school year, make sure you take the time to build relationships. In the classroom, relationships are your foundation.  These relationships are the first step in creating a positive classroom culture. Building relationships costs zero money, is easy to accomplish, and sets a positive tone for your year ahead.  

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Content Literacy, Reading

A Case For Wide Reading

As the push for content area reading increases, and becomes more complex with the growth of technology and new literacies, I hear a lot of buzz around “wide reading.”  Wide reading is a push for students to have regular reading time integrated into daily classroom practice, in all content areas. The idea that students need to read isn’t a new one.  What is new, however, is how students should go about this reading and why.

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