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Keep Shark Week Going All Year Round
posted by: Alix | August 20, 2012, 02:59 pm
Shark Week, Discovery Channel's annual celebration of the fearsome fish, ended last week, but that doesn't mean you can't keep the excitement and learning going all year round. Let's face the facts: you're always looking for a lesson plan that has Shark-Week-levels of excitement and interest. Because a new school year is right around the corner (or already in session for some of you), we invite you to check out some great resources for your classroom. Many of these would be perfect icebreaking activities to discuss summers spent at the beach!   Continue Reading...
Six Bulletin Board Ideas for Back-to-School Time
posted by: Larisa | August 16, 2012, 02:32 pm
Whether you’re a new teacher or an old pro, one of the first responsibilities a teacher faces during “back-to-school” time is decorating the bulletin board.  This is precious space that should be utilized wisely – after all, you never know who will be coming into your classroom or walking by, so you want to broadcast student achievement, projects, and events as proudly as possible.   Continue Reading...
Do Girls Hate STEM Classes?
posted by: Larisa | August 10, 2012, 12:00 am
I’ll admit it: as a student, I loathed math and science.  In fact, one of the determining factors in selecting my college major was how little math and science was required to get my degree.  I also figured that I had enough trouble solving my own problems as a college freshman without having to solve x’s problems, too.  Besides, as an aspiring professional violinist, I was engrossed in practicing music, oblivious to the fact that math, science, and music significantly overlap.  In my sage adulthood, I now realize that I didn’t hate math and science – I just hated how it was taught to me.   Continue Reading...
First Day of School Activities
posted by: Larisa | August 08, 2012, 12:37 pm
Welcome to August, Teachers!  With the first day of school right around the corner, you are likely making preparations for the lesson plan that will kick-off your entire school year.  The first day of school is more about planning than it is about teaching, and it’s particularly important to spend some time introducing your subject and getting to know your students.  Depending on your subject and age group, consider using some of these activities to help start your year off right.   Continue Reading...
Teacher Dress Codes
posted by: Alix | August 06, 2012, 04:50 pm
Dress codes for educators–or lack thereof–vary by district and even school environment. Whether you come to class in jeans or a tie, many teachers this fall might need to reevaluate their wardrobe choices in the new school year. Due to complaints about teachers dressing inappropriately in states across the country, many school districts are pushing for stricter dress codes.   Continue Reading...
Top 19 Teacher Discounts for Back to School
posted by: Larisa | August 01, 2012, 09:00 am
Back-to-school shopping can be a real pain for teachers if you’re not sure where the deals are.  Sure, every teacher knows to buy as much at the Dollar Store or seek out deals at Costco.  The good news is that there are secret deals at other stores for you, too!  As you do your back-to-school shopping, remember these deals:   Continue Reading...
Raising the Bar
posted by: Larisa | July 25, 2012, 12:54 pm
It has recently been suggested that, in order to elevate the quality and status of teachers in America, teachers need to take a “bar exam.” After all, doctors and lawyers have serious hurdles to jump over in order to secure and maintain their licenses. The work that you do as a teacher is just as important as the work that a doctor or a lawyer does—in fact you educate future doctors and lawyers. Why shouldn’t teachers be held to the same standard as lawyers and doctors?   Continue Reading...
Teaching Digital Citizenship in the 1:1 Classroom
posted by: Larisa | July 23, 2012, 07:42 am
There are many benefits to having students in a “one-to-one” classroom, where each student has access whenever needed to an Internet-connected device.  One-to-one classrooms can differ both with regard to the tools they use and the manner in which those tools are employed.  Some 1:1 classrooms, for example, have a class set of iPads at their disposal; others use laptops, netbooks, or tablet computers.  In every case, however, the key to a 1:1 classroom is that the tech devices being used are not shared with other classrooms (as is the case with a computer lab or a laptop cart that rotates from classroom to classroom) – instead, the teacher and students know that they will be able to access the devices whenever needed.   Continue Reading...
The ABCs of Avoiding Big Error
posted by: Larisa | July 18, 2012, 08:54 am
Teaching is about trial and error.  As a teacher, you know that students learn differently and that a lesson plan that works for one student might not work for another.  Through the years, you refine your technique by testing out various teaching strategies to discover what is and is not effective.  Unfortunately, with trial and error comes the danger of BIG error, and, if that’s the case, we know the terror of big error – you might get fired, sued, or both.   Continue Reading...
Math Anxiety
posted by: Larisa | July 13, 2012, 12:10 pm
Recently, someone told me that he had nightmares about triangles.  As a former music teacher, I was really unsure why anyone would ever think about triangles so much that triangles were plaguing this person’s sleep.  It occurred to me, however, that I sometimes think about music so much that my sleep is plagued with worry about perfectly analyzed tone rows.  If I get music anxiety and I’m a music teacher, then it shouldn’t sound so weird that a person with math anxiety could have nightmares about triangles.   Continue Reading...
A Plethora of Resources from Colonial Williamsburg
posted by: Melissa | July 11, 2012, 07:54 am
I recently was able to meet with Dale Van Eck from Colonial Williamsburg where he talked about the wide variety of resources that Colonial Williamsburg offers to teachers. I knew that I was going to hear about their Electronic Field Trip program and discovered that they have much more than that to offer.   Continue Reading...
Restorative Justice and Safer Learning Environments
posted by: Larisa | June 22, 2012, 02:29 pm
Every teacher knows that Rule #1 of running your classroom is to ensure that your students feel safe in their learning environment.  Schools today aren’t the little slivers of utopia that they were once upon a time, when discipline problems were rare and abruptly handled.  If we look at the schools of today through our “Negative Nancy” lenses, some might see bullies, repeat offenders of the school handbook, and, even, petty criminals lurking around every corner.  What can a teacher do to foster a safer learning environment?   Continue Reading...
Assessing Your Classroom Behavior Management Plan
posted by: Larisa | June 20, 2012, 02:26 pm
Let’s face it: your classroom behavior management plan is not as successful as you dreamed it would be.  You meticulously slaved over developing and implementing a foolproof behavior management plan, yet your students somehow found the loophole.  It’s a little embarrassing to admit it, but 25 fourth graders proved that you are the only fool in this “foolproof” behavior management plan.   Continue Reading...
Be the Change You Want to See: Teacher Modeling
posted by: Larisa | June 15, 2012, 03:25 pm
As teachers, we can whine until the cows come home about “kids these days” and their general bad behavior.  It’s so easy to shake our fists and exclaim, “Why aren’t parents teaching their kids to behave?”  Teachers will go bonkers if they devote more energy to being frustrated about student behavior rather than being optimistic and pro-active about helping students to be better people.   Continue Reading...
Summertime for Teachers
posted by: Larisa | June 13, 2012, 04:49 pm

Any teacher will tell you that a surefire way of stirring up trouble with an educator involves remarking, “Must be nice to not work during the summer.”  While summertime might mean that “the livin’ is easy” for some, most teachers find the summertime just as busy as the school year.  Students might not be in the classroom, but teachers are often busy with professional development, conferences, trainings and other activities to improve their skills in preparation for the upcoming school year.  Continue Reading...

In the battle of classroom management versus teacher sanity, it is imperative that every teacher makes use of his/her inherent sense of awareness.  While these self-examining “superpowers” aren’t exactly the powers of the Incredible Hulk or Spiderman, they are powerful enough to manage the classroom on the most hectic of days.  This suite of abilities is what educators refer to as “withitness.”   Continue Reading...

Battling Germs and Staying Healthy
posted by: Larisa | June 08, 2012, 09:10 am

According to a recent survey comparing the overall health and well-being of eleven different professions, teachers were ranked the highest in terms of overall quality of life.  The distinguishing factor that helped to give teachers the happiness edge appears to be rooted in perspective – teachers regard their job as a “calling” and not just a gig that pays the bills.

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The Teacher Gender-Gap
posted by: Larisa | June 05, 2012, 09:16 am

According to the most recent population survey released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the teaching gender gap is still alive and well. Male educators constitute just 2.3% of pre-K and kindergarten teachers, 18.3% of the elementary and middle school teacher population, and 42% of the high school level teaching staff.  These numbers are down from 2007, but suggest a clear female majority in the teaching profession, especially in the earlier grades.

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Managing Stress as an Educator
posted by: Larisa | May 31, 2012, 09:06 am

You leave your house, coffee in hand, and it starts to rain outside.  You don’t have an umbrella.  You rush to your car, and, in a dash to save your freshly graded papers from rain damage, you put your coffee cup on the top of your car as you unlock the door.  You hop in the car, start the ignition, and, just as you pull away, you hear the clunk of your coffee cup hitting the sidewalk.  It’s going to be one of those days.

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Teacher Mobile Device Use on the Rise
posted by: Larisa | May 30, 2012, 09:32 am

According to a report released by education nonprofit Project Tomorrow, teachers are more likely to use personal mobile devices, including smartphones and tablet computers, than the general public.  While 64% of principals and 54% of teachers have regular personal access to mobile devices, only 40% of the general public has access to personal mobile devices according to the data.

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