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Why This Teacher Doesn’t Work Summers

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In the life of a teacher, there is something about the last day of school that simply cannot be equaled. It is more than that feeling of accomplishment you get when saying goodbye to a group of students. It is the reminder that you are not “just” a teacher – you are a human beingRead more

Building the Perfect Class

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What is Class Building? Many parents are unaware that most schools practice the art of “class building.”  At the end of each school year, teachers and administrators all over the country meet in their respective schools to build classes for the next year.  This practice is designed to “balance” classes. How is Class Building Done?Read more

Classroom Looping: The Benefits and Pitfalls

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Looping is an infrequently used practice in modern schools, but for those who get the chance, it can be an amazing experience. What is Looping? Looping is the process of staying with a single group of students for more than one year.  The most typical form of “looping” is a two-year span with the sameRead more

The Introverted Teacher

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There is a lot of information out there about working with kids with different learning styles and personalities.  We learn about auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners.  We read about multiple intelligences and emotional IQ.  We even learn about extroverted and introverted students.  But what about teachers?  What if a teacher falls outside of the typicalRead more

50 States Research Activity

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Are you looking for a fun research project to do during the last few weeks of school?  We borrowed this idea from a co-worker of ours who completed this activity with his 3rd-6th grade social studies class, but it could work in a variety of settings. Purpose: Students work in groups, partners, or individually, toRead more

Support Teachers ROCK!

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You don’t need to be a traditional classroom teacher to influence lives and leave students with a lasting impression.  The following support teachers shape lives every day in a variety of settings.  Some work in schools, while others work with kids at home or in the community.  One thing they all have in common: they ROCK!Read more

Why Specialists ROCK!

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For many students, the best part of school happens not during the hours of reading, writing, and math instruction, but during “specials” time. These enrichment classes, including art, music, PE, and technology, provide kids with opportunities to explore, create, and enhance their lives.  Specials also give students access to inspirational teachers.  We’ve rounded up someRead more

Why My Grade Level ROCKS

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Each grade level has its perks – and its quirks.  We’ve talked to some of the best teachers in the biz and compiled some great reasons about why teaching THEIR grade is the best.  If you are scared to make a grade level change, or want to know some of the advantages of teaching atRead more

Brain Dump SCOOT for the Upper Grades

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If you are getting ready to kick off a new unit, and want a no-prep, no-planning idea to get kids in the zone, here’s something I tried last week that worked great.  It’s sort of a takeoff on a SCOOT activity that is so popular in the primary grades, but with a twist for older students.Read more

How to Prepare High School Students for Their First Job

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The focus on offering rigorous courses in high school makes it difficult for teachers to find the time to teach “real world” skills to their students. Sometimes these non-academic skills leave the most lasting impressions. Teaching high school students interviewing skills is meaningful and useful. Here are some tips, tricks, and ideas for implementing anRead more