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Tuesday, August 31, 2010
I’ve spent my career working with highly demanding urban turnaround and selective enrollment high schools. There is no shortage of challenge and negative energy in these environments, yet I’ve seen that all my successful teachers share this idea of positive thoughts and a positive demeanor when working with students.
Staying positive is no easy task, but these five positivity strategies will give you the tools to maintain an outlook that leads you and your students to perform your best.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Here are my top 12 tips to keep that positive summer feeling alive all school year long!
Friday, August 27, 2010
One of my facebook friends confirmed that it works so enjoy!
With their annual curriculum fair coming up this fall, member Jonah Bondurant was kind enough to give us some insight into the work of Teachers for Social Justice.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Because in this test-taking, data-driven environment, creativity is like everybody’s favorite eccentric aunt: we all say we love her just the way she is, but nobody wants to actually be responsible for taking care of her. And she’s really inconvenient, immeasurable, erratic, irascible, and unpredictable. read more
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
These alternatives can be more appealing and that will give the students a chance to express themselves in alternative ways. Students can complete a book report assignment in artistic formats or in formats that foster good communications skills while still deriving the same benefit from the task.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
If you were in the train station, would you have joined the dancers? Why do you think so many different kinds of people (young & old, boys & girls) joined in?
6-8: Ballroom Brainstorm
There are many different kinds of dances. Brainstorm as many forms of dancing as you can. What do all of those dances have in common?
Watch the video and find more Video Writing Prompts for K-12!
Monday, August 23, 2010
When that first bell rings, I want to be motivated, inspired, and contagiously happy. One ritual I'm using to achieve that mindset is creating a list of twelve things that make me passionate for the profession: Read More
Friday, August 20, 2010
Mrs. Mimi and her publishers were kind enough to let us peak inside the first chapter “I Love Naughty Boys.”
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Frick would tell California, and their out-of-control budget, that school libraries are NOT on their list of priorities.
When budgets are hurting, arts are always the first to go. No Child Left Behind made social studies the low subject on the totem pole. Now, it seems, libraries are on the chopping block.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
In the interest of clearing up misconceptions and righting some wrongs, I’m busting the top five myths about the first days of school:
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
“If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won't, you most assuredly won't. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.” ~ Denis Waitley
In the midst of back-to-school madness, it’s easy to let yourself get overwhelmed with all the planning and prep. You’ve visited the teacher store, reviewed your curriculum and spent a few nights tossing and turning. Whether you are an experienced teacher or new teacher, these tips can help you organize and plan your time before school starts.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Whether you want to inspire your students, encourage reading, reach out to parents, or form a better bond with your students, check out these innovative ideas.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Here are a few snippets from his interviews that show just how much teachers have in common, no matter who, where, what or how they're teaching. read more
Thursday, August 12, 2010
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As ‘going green’ catches on with young and old alike, eco-friendly teaching practices have permeated our nation’s classrooms. School districts across the U.S. are evaluating ways to support their curricula without creating unnecessary waste. In addition, they are seeking ways to better prepare students to meet the demands of an increasingly digital society. read more
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Here are some strategies to keep you organized and your information secure.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Every teacher’s approach is different. Whatever your goal, here are a few things to try to get the school year off to a great start!
Friday, August 6, 2010
UEI is an innovative education program that combines charter schools, teacher education and research in their quest to provide reliable, excellent schooling for children in urban America.
Tim shares his innovative approach to revolutionizing urban education and bridging the achievement gap in a TeachHUB-exclusive interview.
When broken pencils threaten to sabotage your school day, turn to the Classroom Organization Emergency Kit that our teacher blogger keeps on hand for just such crayon crises...
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Prize: The winner can choose any 40 of more than 100 individual (not sets)
English, Science, or Math paper posters for at a $300 value.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Games provide opportunities for students to develop both social and academic skills. Just like working on a project in cooperative groups, interactive games require that students communicate, stay on task, take turns, and rely on higher-level thinking skills.
They can also be used in the classroom as a behavior incentive. Students are motivated to earn a “Fun Friday” afternoon of game playing by listening and following directions all week. The best benefit is that they are having fun and learning at the same time.
As if we're all not stressed enough about going back to school, now we have to worry about spending money on clothes, classroom decorations, school supplies and all the other must-haves that accompany a new school year.
To save you some anxiety and make the most of your time and money, we've found the best back-to-school deals for teachers: