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Thursday, December 30, 2010
Read Top 10 Teacher Quotes, Stress Busters & Fun Features
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
In the spirit 2010 countdown, we're sharing TeachHUB visitors' favorite features from the past year. Here are the Top 10 most popular teacher blog posts:
Read Top 12 Blog Posts of 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Read Top 10 Video Writing Prompts of 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
We're kicking off our New Year's K-12 countdowns with the most popular education articles that ran on TeachHUB this year. Here are the top 12 TeachHUB Articles of 2009 based on your visits:
Read Top 10 Most Popular Education Articles of 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
1. Put three columns on your paper and label them "past," "present" and "future."
2. Write 5 action verbs that you "do" during the holidays.
3. In each column, write the verb in proper tense (past, present or future).
Read more Christmas Carol Writing Prompts & Watch the video
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
If Secret Santa exchanges are the sunny side of holiday celebrations in New York City Public schools, regular ole’ dirty little Secrets come out at night. Over the course of three annual Christmas parties, I’ve heard more inappropriate stories, seen more compromising positions on the dance floor and taken down more green and red colored beers than I (in accordance with my union contract) would like to admit.
Read School Holiday Party Confessions
Monday, December 20, 2010
Some of my best and worst "teacher gift stories" shared with us include:
Read Top 12 Best & Worst Holiday Gifts from Students
Friday, December 17, 2010
Here are 10 original, awesome bulletin boards & classroom displays for the holiday and winter season.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Generally, disciplining these students requires following the typical protocol for bad behavior which involves a detention, suspension, or even a meeting with the parents. But when cases become so severe, new approaches to discipline may be needed.
Read A Lesson in School Discipline
I'm questioning all my activities to make sure they don't cross any lines:
~ Are games, crafts, movies or projects too religious (do Santa and reindeer cross a line; should I just stick with a winter theme? How many snow flakes can we really make?).
~ Should I still try to knock out the next step in my curriculum even though the kids are totally checked out before break?
~ Can I include snacks? (With health food initiatives at a lot of schools, do parties have to be all fruits and veggies? Should we decorate apples like they’re snowman faces instead of doing cookies and other sugary fare?)
Holiday parties may be getting a little dicier, but luckily there are tons of resources and activities out there to knock your students' candy-cane-striped socks off - whatever your grade level or school rules!
Here are my classroom holiday party favorites:
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Here are a few ways to get the most educational value out of holiday favorites.
Read Christmas Movie Curriculum Connection
The following questions and answers concern religious holidays and public education, a subject often marked by confusion and conflict. Teachers and school officials, as well as parents and students, should approach this discussion as an opportunity to work cooperatively for the sake of good education rather than at cross purposes.
Read How to Handle Religious Holidays in Public Schools
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
They made the store look like a present, a castle and even a sweater. If you could transform your house, what would you make it look like? Draw a picture of your house “dressed up” and write what it is beneath the picture.
6-8: Modernize Traditions for the 21st Century
This is a technologically-advanced approach to a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new store. Think of other traditional ceremonies, like receiving a diploma at graduation, 4th of July fireworks celebrations, passing the Olympic torch, awarding statues at the Oscars or even a wedding. In at least two paragraphs, describe an updated version of the ceremony using technology to add some pizazz.
Check out the Ribbon-Cutting Light Display & Video Writing Prompts
Choosing the right books to read with or to your students can be tricky. I've found several nonfiction books that provide meaningful science lessons and engage adolescent minds equally well.
Read Exciting Nonfiction Science Books: Not an Oxymoron
Monday, December 13, 2010
Why not capitalize on your students’ holiday spirit with these Christmas and winter holiday activities!
Read Top 10 Holiday Learning Activities
Friday, December 10, 2010
Entering is super easy. All you have to do to win today is "like" our 12 Days of Teaching Classroom Carol.
Enter the Holiday Mug-a-Day Giveaway!
It is important for all students to see the power of online collaboration and to learn the rules about collaborating with others.
Read Online Collaboration Tools for 21st Century Learning
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Why should we not make it a priority to improve our own flexibility as educators and learners at every available opportunity?Read Stretching Ourselves as Educators
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
1. It's pretty (esp. through the window while you're warm and cozy next to a fire drinking cocoa).
2. Snowball fights and snowman building
3. Shoveling is great cardio.
4. Snow days!!!!
5. And, finally, seasonally sensational learning opportunities.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
To make these days count instead of countdown, here are a few tips and tricks to keep the energy and learning alive while having some pre-holiday fun.
Read 10 Tips to Stay Focused Before Holiday Break
Thursday, December 2, 2010
To keep teachers reflecting on how well each lesson is delivered, we’re trying to implement a new policy of authentically assessing students for any lesson objective we write.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Teachers find themselves with five or even ten vacant minutes at the end of class, and they ask themselves, “What now?” While some may opt to allow students additional “study time” or “early homework time,” such a plan usually goes awry, and students begin chattering, antagonizing one another, and generally become disruptive in the absence of an actual purpose.
A better answer to the “dead time” issue comes in the form of Exit Slips:
Bring dead class time back to life with these bell ringer activities
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