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Thursday, March 31, 2011
Listening to the comments of strangers in the grocery store check-out line or reading comments online, my fears were confirmed. There is a lot of anger being directed at public school teachers nowadays - and most concerning to me is the fact that we don’t appear to be addressing the causes of that anger.
Teacher Misconceptions: Great Hours, Summers Off
Most people will tell you they respect public school teachers and know that we work very hard at what we do, but as the reports of teachers skipping school to protest and teachers with salaries and benefits packages of $100,000 began to leak out, suddenly many privately employed citizens let us know what they really think of those individuals who choose to work in public education.
Read Wisconsin Protests: Giving Teachers a Bad Reputation?
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Here are two quick and easy accommodations I use with my students, both regular education and special education, that seem to have the greatest returns as far as their performance, understanding, and just plain enjoyment of being in class.
Read Easy, Effective Accommodations for Inclusion Teaching
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
With more students comes more paperwork of all types. Taming the paperwork tiger can be a huge step to insuring efficiency and sanity to even the most over-worked classroom teacher.
Here are some organization tips for managing paperwork that have helped keep me relatively sane in my classroom:
Read Top 12 Ways to Tackle Teacher Paperwork
Monday, March 28, 2011
She shares her story and what she learned from her experiences in this and the Thailand international crises, including how twitter is crucial in crisis...
Although the two situations are very different, what I’ve learned remains much the same.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Wax figures are made to look identical to the real person, from their hair and clothes to the way they are standing. Imagine a wax figure is being made for you. What outfit would you wear? Describe your wax look and what your look would reveal about you.
6-8: Travel Like a Star
Being a celebrity can provide you with amazing opportunities. Pretend you are a celebrity and have your own private jet that can take you anywhere in the world. Where would you go? List 5 dream destinations. Then, explain why you would want to go to each place.
Check out Wax Bieber Video Writing Prompts
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Everyone, even if they only have an eighth grade education, feels they are an expert because the majority of everyone's childhood is spent confined within the four walls of a classroom. Those memories lead to very specific ideas about what teachers should look like and how they should behave, even if it is far from the truth.
Read Teacher Stereotypes: Overcoming Apple Sweater Ideals
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Spring cleaning can encompass many things, including:
- literally cleaning out the dirt and clutter that has accumulated over the school year
- welcoming in the new season indoors, outdoors and in your lessons
- remembering and rethinking goals for the year that get lost in the day to day
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Some kids, whether it is stubbornness, or a mental or physical disability, cannot process assignments and therefore will refuse to work in class. Here are a five simple strategies to get reluctant student to do work and complete their assignments.
Here are a five strategies to get kids to work on their assignments:
Read 5 Simple Steps To Get Students To Work (Even When They Don’t Want To)
Here are 12 ways to make the most of your spring break without spending any cash.
Read Top 12 Free Ways Teachers Can Rock Spring Break
Friday, March 18, 2011
We are excited to share the insights of this not-so-master teacher who dove into teaching 2.0 and lived to tell the tale.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
However, implementing this type of learning environment cannot be rushed and should require strategic planning.
Two Types of Ed Tech Approaches
As the pedagogy of one-to-one laptop computers continues to grow at a geometric rate across the nation, two types of schools are emerging.
Need fun, constructive ways to use computer time?
Need skill building exercises for students of all ages?
Need drill-style activities for math, vocabulary, or geography?
Here are some awesome online learning games your students will love!
Learning the states and capitals is fun with the help of these penguins! Up to four students at a time can challenge one another in states and capitals. Each student is given a penguin and they must guide their penguin home to their proper state. They can only advance their penguin to the iceberg that correctly corresponds with the given capital.
Read 5 Super Fun Skill Building Games for Students
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Of the 64 teams in the tournament, all the teams will lose a game except the tournament champion. Do you learn more from winning or losing? Why?
9-12: Time Management Tips
All of these athletes are also students who will have to return to school after the NCAA tournament. What tips would you give these student athletes to balance the demands of sports and school? List at least 5.
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Monday, March 14, 2011
When I became a teacher, I was amazed to discover that most kids don’t enjoy reading. To me, books are full of excitement and adventure, like a movie that you can take with you. I spent my first 25 years as a teacher in a quest for the perfect way to teach reading. You know what I discovered? There isn’t one. There’s no one way to teach reading that will meet the needs of every kid in your class. Children are too different, and their needs are too diverse to be met with one single reading program.
But the good news is that even if there’s not one “right” way to teach reading, there are at least a dozen ways to motivate reluctant readers. You just have to figure out what works for your students. External rewards may work in the short term, but if you really want students to love reading you have to look for other options.
Here are a twelve strategies to motivate reluctant readers, and none of them involve stickers, certificates, or pizza.
Read 12 Ways to Motivate Reluctant Readers
Friday, March 11, 2011
Dave opens up about his decision to embark on a new career in the teaching field and his experience on being back in the classroom.
As of February 2011, Dave is 3/4 through an Master of Arts in Education, so he's now student teaching as a high school math teacher in a predominantly low income district. He shares his experience as an atypical student teacher.
Read Tales of a 40-Something Student Teacher
Thursday, March 10, 2011
So, what do you need to know to make jigsaws a reality in your classroom? Here are some tips for getting started and other online resources.
Read Jigsaw Activities for Science Learning
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Here are 49 tips, benefits, guidelines and activities to jump start your instruction of critical thinking skills!
Read 49 Strategies to Teach Critical Thinking
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Here are my dos and don'ts for building positive, productive relationships with students.
Read Dos & Don'ts for Building Positive Student Relationships
Monday, March 7, 2011
One of the easiest way to get on board is to join "chats" on twitter. Educators "meet" weekly to discuss the latest issues in their field. Here are my favorite education chats on twitter.
Read Twitter Chats for Educators
Friday, March 4, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
But the vampires we know and love today aren’t the dark, life-snatching Dracula types of the past. These vampires are nice. They don’t want to be monsters, so they say... and they are roaming our school halls.
Read Is School Sucking the Life Out of You?
In honor of Women's History Month, TeachHUB wants to bring forceful females to your class!
We're giving away "Female Force" graphic novels to provide empowering, student-friendly reading materials to you & your students.
Enter the Classroom Comics Giveaway
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
When students are fully engaged in a task, they are actively doing and actively thinking. While hands are engaged, minds should be questioning, sorting through sensory input, and making connections.
Luckily, there are dozens of active engagement “tools” you can use to spark excitement and add rigor to your lessons. Here are several effective strategies for implementing active engagement tools.
Read Actively Engage Students Using Hands-on & Minds-on Instruction