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Friday, December 30, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Here are the Top 12 most popular teacher blog posts of 2011:
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Here are the top 12 most popular video writing prompts of 2011:
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Here are the top 12 TeachHUB Articles of 2011 based on your visits:
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Thursday, December 22, 2011
However, Kent Crockett, author of "The 911 Handbook offers the following advice and steps for effectively dealing with burnout, from a Biblical perspective. I would suggest that you apply these principles to your life in order to "keep the fire burning."
"And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary." (Galatians 6:9)
Whether we’ve been planting educational seeds for an entire semester or for a year or more, we must not succumb to burnout.
Read Thou Shall Not Burnout
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
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!
Read 5 Super Fun Skill Building Games for Students
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Check out these tips to getting grant funding for your classroom or school projects.
Read How to Get a Teaching Grant
Monday, December 19, 2011
Here are 10 priceless gifts we can give to our students. There are more than 10 things that we could give our darlings, but these are the ones that stood out in my mind.
Read 10 Priceless Gifts Teachers Can Give Their Students
Friday, December 16, 2011
Read Recreating the Magic of Parachute Day
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Sad, isn't it? We know a lot more about how kids learn, but we rarely can do anything about it. We have more tools for learning than ever before, but even when we have them (which is also far too rare), the teachers haven't been trained in how to use them.
Now there are a few dozen exceptions to this tragic pickle jar we find ourselves in. Some schools with staff and kids that have leapt ahead in their teaching and learning. Most don't last for long. Leaders leave, teachers burn out, funding fails and the lamp of learning is dimmed again.
Furthermore, we find it almost impossible to replicate them anywhere else, no matter how extensive the documentation and supportive research. The chemistry is never quite the same.
What can we do to change this tragedy?
Read Better Learning for ALL: Achieving Ed Reform In Your Classroom
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Here are a few ways to get the most educational value out of holiday favorites.
Read Christmas Movie Curriculum Connections
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
If these elements of Tier I have been solidly established, taught throughout the school, and all staff members use the plan with consistency, 80-85% of misbehaviors that typically occur in schools will be prevented. The other 15% of students will be deemed as needing Tier II and Tier III interventions.
This article take you through a 4-step process to administer Tier II interventions, as well as supplying plenty of ideas and resources for addressing specific behavior problems for Tier II students or "frequent flyers."
Read Behavior RTI: 4 Steps to Tier II Intervention Success
Monday, December 12, 2011
Of course, it is so sweet and unnecessary for students or their parents to give teachers gifts during the holiday season. Regardless of what it is, it truly is the thought that counts! We want to share some fun gift stories and some tips for those looking for teacher gifts.
Friday, December 9, 2011
* 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 holiday party favorites:
Read Classroom Holiday Party Ideas
Thursday, December 8, 2011
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
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Why not capitalize on your students’ holiday spirit with these Christmas and winter holiday activities!
**Of course, you'll need to be sensitive to your school's holiday policy. You can adapt these activities to be multicultural or more winter-themed.**
Read Top 10 Holiday Learning Activities
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Though confrontation can be tough, having a positive and efficient approach for communicating can make a big difference in how the parent perceives the information.
Read 4 Communication Tips to Use When Confronting Parents
Friday, December 2, 2011
Here are 10 original, awesome bulletin boards & classroom displays for the holiday and winter season.
Read December Bulletin Board Bonanza
Thursday, December 1, 2011
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” ~ Andy Warhol
Much has been written about and discussed on the state of primary and secondary education in the United States. Reform initiatives have been and are being implemented in school districts across this great country. The focus of these initiatives run the gamut from curriculum re-design to teacher efficacy. All of which are warranted in some form or fashion.
Ensuring what the “right” prescription for what ails us is paramount to a sustained rebound/recovery. It is indisputable the role that teachers play in student achievement. The corollary to that is the linkage between student achievement and effective teaching.
Read Transforming Education by Rethinking Teacher Prep Programs