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Video Resource for Educators: The Teaching Channel
posted by: Melissa | November 02, 2012, 04:05 pm

I've always learned the most about teaching by watching more experienced teachers in action. That's why one of my favorite resources is a website called the Teaching Channel, a relatively new entry to teacher-resource websites. The Teaching Channel is not the first, and probably not the last, site that came up with the idea of providing teachers virtual professional development, but it is among the highest quality. Best of all, it's FREE!

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October’s Top Five Professional Development Resources
posted by: Melissa | October 31, 2012, 04:41 pm
Teachers, there's a great bunch of professional development resources being produced and used all the time. They can add flavor and spice to your classroom and/or make things easier. Below are the five that we liked best from the month of October.   Continue Reading...
This week Hurricane Sandy slammed the Eastern Seaboard, forcing local officials to close schools from a couple of days to possibly even longer. With the effects of the storm fresh on students' minds, incorporating hurricane science into curriculum can be especially effective.   Continue Reading...
Reform Matters: October 29, 2012
posted by: Ruthie | October 29, 2012, 11:54 am
Welcome to the Association of American Educators' online biweekly publication, Reform Matters. This education reform-focused publication features both original AAE content and a compilation of the latest news from the growing education reform community.   Continue Reading...
This November Celebrate NaNoWriMo!
posted by: Melissa | October 19, 2012, 02:07 pm

 

It usually starts about now.  Many of my friends post on Facebook and send  emails about how I WILL NOT see them until December.  Several friends  will put countdowns on their Facebook pages which, once November 1st hits, they’ll update frequently and in detail.  All of November, I’ll see posts like: “Wrote 1,274 words tonight, 35,862 more to go!  Female protagonist is taking a turn I didn’t expect!”  It gets worse when I try to invite one of these friends to the movies. The response I get is something like, “No, sorry, I have 10,000 words left and there’s only a week to go!”

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Teacher Tech Tool: instaGrok
posted by: Alix | October 18, 2012, 09:27 am
Have you ever pondered the idea of a Google-like search engine exclusively for educators and students? Look no further—instaGrok is here! The new online platform is a low cost option for teachers seeking age-appropriate resources for K-12 students.   Continue Reading...

In our effort to help you grow as an educator, we've found some online professional development opportunities that you may want to check out. Some have fees associated but others don't.   Continue Reading...

Stranger Than Fiction: “Boredom” or Stress?
posted by: Ruthie | October 11, 2012, 04:15 pm
Complaints from students of "boredom" are not new to teachers. However, according to Education Week's article, "Studies Link Students' Boredom to Stress," recent research proves "boredom" is actually a form of stress.   Continue Reading...
Do More With Writing!
posted by: Melissa | October 10, 2012, 10:57 am
Let’s face it, writing is important.  It is a skill that is necessary in nearly every field, yet our students often feel that writing is something that they don’t need to know how to do.  They don’t see how their language arts classes will correlate to their careers in medicine, technology, or business.  While we as teachers understand the importance of this skill, this lack of buy-in on the part of students’ shows that we’re not doing all we can to communicate this to them.   Continue Reading...
Skype in the classroom
posted by: Melissa | September 26, 2012, 12:55 pm

Have you experimented with Skype in the classroom?  This new educational trend is surprisingly flexible, immediately engages students, and is probably easier than you think.  With the ever-increasing role of technology in the classroom, more and more classes are experimenting with and embracing Skype.

 

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NBC Holds 3rd Annual Education Nation
posted by: Alix | September 24, 2012, 09:41 am
Education in America takes center stage as NBC News kicks off the third annual Education Nation summit this week. The event is a chance for some of the leading minds in the country to work together toward meaningful education reform.   Continue Reading...
Spice Up Your Classroom with These Nifty Ideas
posted by: Melissa | September 21, 2012, 02:00 pm
Spice Up Your Classroom with These Nifty Ideas

Looking for some ways to spice up your teaching?  We’ve scoured the web and found several neat ideas to try integrating into your curriculum.

 

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Holding High Expectations
posted by: Melissa | September 19, 2012, 01:52 pm

 

It appears that everywhere you turn people have been talking about having high expectations in your classroom.  It’s no wonder, either.  The benefits of having high expectations have been known for decades, going back to Harvard Professor Robert Rosenthal.  Rosenthal found that when teachers expected students to dramatically increase their IQ, students did.

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Using Tablets in the Classroom
posted by: Melissa | September 14, 2012, 02:11 pm
Back when I was a social studies teacher, I used to fantasize about the day when I walked into a classroom and everyone had a screen in front of them. Then, when I got blank stares after asking the name of the battle where Napoleon was defeated, I would be able to point them to any number of engaging sites, bound to pique their interest instead of their dull textbooks. I imagined lessons, where we researched a subject and discussed the webpages they used. We would look not just at the facts they found, but at how reliable their sources were, spurring discussions about distance from the source, agendas, propaganda, and persuasion techniques. I imagined playing online simulations, where the students competed against each other, using their natural desire for competition to hone their critical thinking skills. I longed for the day when my students could fact-check their peers, their textbooks, and, hopefully, me!   Continue Reading...
Yes, you may still be settling into the classroom and struggling with teaching routines, but you still need to earn professional development credits. Webinars are a great way to earn those credits because they don't require travel and can be done from the ease of your home. Also, with so many groups hosting webinars, it's easy to find training for the particular area that you need. Below, I've listed some webinars occurring in the next month that I think are worth checking out.   Continue Reading...
Using QR Codes to Enhance a Classroom Library
posted by: Alix | September 11, 2012, 08:28 am
A QR code (short for "Quick Response Code") is a form of barcode that, when scanned, can take you to virtually any online destination of the creator's choosing. QR codes have exploded in popularity in the past couple of years as more and more individuals have begun to carry with them the mobile technology needed to scan such codes. The primary business-based use of QR codes is related to advertising: companies love placing these codes on their products as a tool designed to get prospects and current customers to their websites or to other information about their products.   Continue Reading...
Discussing 9/11 with Students
posted by: Melissa | September 07, 2012, 02:34 pm
Next week is the 11th anniversary of 9/11. If you are one of the teachers struggling with how to present this serious and sometimes overwhelming piece of modern American history to students who weren't alive for it or don't remember, you are not alone. Fortunately, the web is filled with lessons and resources for teachers in the same boat. I've listed some of the best below:   Continue Reading...
Collaborating as Educators
posted by: Melissa | September 05, 2012, 03:23 pm
Teaching has often been characterized as an isolated profession. For centuries it was one teacher in one building or one classroom. Even when we have a team to work with, we often find ourselves isolated from other teachers and disconnected from the families of our students. It's well-known that the isolated nature of teaching is one of its weakest points and discourages talented individuals from considering a career in teaching.   Continue Reading...
Eight Ways to Make Your Classroom Innovative
posted by: Melissa | August 29, 2012, 12:05 pm
"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." ― William Arthur Ward   Continue Reading...
National Survey Highlights State of Student Drug Use
posted by: Alix | August 27, 2012, 11:22 am

According to a new survey by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, drugs are more accessible to students in high school than ever before. The results of the survey were garnered by asking questions to 1,003 teens throughout the United States. Participants were asked about their school, substance use, access to illegal drugs, and social media use in order to yield a snapshot of student drug use across the country.

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