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News & Tips for Teachers

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Father’s Day Lesson Plans, Crafts and Activities

June 10th, 2013

Father’s Day is right around the corner! Every year in June, we celebrate and honor all fathers for their tireless work in raising their children, creating paternal bonds with others and being a great role model for the community. This day of …

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Teacher Makes Classes Seem More Like Video Games

June 10th, 2013

There is something about video games. They can engage players to stay up all night to master one more level. Why can’t school be like that? Matthew Farber, a gamer and a middle school social studies teacher, is trying to figure that …

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Flag Day Lesson Plans, Crafts and Activities

June 7th, 2013

Give students an understanding and appreciation of Flag Day with some great lesson plans that include fun crafts and activities. Not all students are out of school for summer break by June 14th, and those who are often attend camps and other …

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3 Ways Video can Increase Classroom Student Engagement

June 5th, 2013

Today’s students are inundated with technology in most aspects of their life, so it’s no wonder that video classroom engagement is becoming increasingly beneficial in today’s classrooms. Videos may be one of the oldest pieces of education technology at teacher’s disposal today, …

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Summer Resolution: Start Class Tech-Ready

June 3rd, 2013

For many teachers, integrating technology into the classroom is tricky. There isn’t always enough professional development to make educators feel comfortable with technology as a learning tool. Debbie Fucoloro, Ph.D., an instructional technology manager in the St. Louis area, understands. Through her …

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Equity in Teacher Pay: The Debate Continues

May 30th, 2013

  By Jacquie McGregor Perhaps no issue in education is more controversial than that of teacher salaries. One side of the controversy claims that teachers are overpaid, while the other claims that teachers are woefully underpaid. Both sides attempt to quantify the …

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How Teachers can Build their own Classroom Websites

May 28th, 2013

By Rob Klindt So, you’ve been thinking of building a website for your classroom for a while, but you’re intimidated by the technology involved. No worries. You don’t have to know HTML and CSS or worry about difference between a GIF, JPEG …

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How Teachers can create a Personal Learning Network (PLN)

May 22nd, 2013

There’s a lot of buzz around building a Teachers Personal Learning Network (PLN). Some have no idea how to navigate the world of PLNs, let alone how to build a network themselves. The good news is that you already have the tools …

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How to use Infographics as a Teaching Tool

May 21st, 2013

An infographic, which is a combination of words and images designed to explain a concept, can be an excellent teaching tool. Since infographics are available all over the Internet, they not only fill the Common Core State Standards’ requirement of teaching students …

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Summer School Teaching Strategies

May 17th, 2013

  For most kids, summer means endless days of freedom to explore, hang out with their kids and get a break from the rigors of school, but if you are teaching summer school, you know that for a few lucky ones, this …

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U.S. Sec. of Education: My National Teacher Appreciation Week Wish List

May 9th, 2013

 By Pamela Moreland In observance of National Teacher Appreciation Week, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said he wanted to find a way to help teachers be the leaders in the nation’s transition to higher learning standards. He asked “policymakers, district leaders …

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National Teacher Appreciation Week: How to #ThankATeacher

May 7th, 2013

By Pamela Moreland Before the week–National Teacher Appreciation Week, that is– gets away from us, let’s thank a teacher. Yes, even if you are a teacher, thank a teacher who inspired you to take this challenging career. Thank the teacher who guided …

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“Flipped” Classrooms: How Do They Work?

May 6th, 2013

by Jacquie McGregor In 2007, Jonathan Bergman and Aaron Sams, teachers at Woodland Park High School in Woodland Park, Colorado, came up with the idea of using PowerPoint to record their classroom lectures and post them online for students to review. Their …

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Using Technology: Second-Graders Inspire Their Teacher – and Each Other

April 12th, 2013

For second-grade teacher and blogger Erin Klein, technology in the classroom is always about responding to the world kids already live in. At least that is how it started, and how it evolved. Klein was teaching kindergarten when she noticed how her …

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IPads and Other Tablets in the Classroom: How to Get it Right

April 4th, 2013

Education technology leader Kathy Schrock has long believed all students should have their own devices. Schrock, a fan of portable technology since the days of the PalmPilot, argues that handheld devices and software have become so economical and widespread that schools finally …

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Cracking the Code: Should Schools Require Students to Learn How to Write Software?

April 3rd, 2013

By Brian P. Gatens There’s a part of my personality that naturally keeps an eye out for cultural shifts and trends. For example, I remember walking through the mall last summer and hearing a group of kids singing “Now here’s my number, …

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The Power of Social Media to Engage Students Online

March 11th, 2013

Teachers should want to be where students are engaging. Today that means being online, said Lisa Nielsen, New York City Department of Education’s director of digital literacy and citizenship. Nielsen is also the brain behind the Innovative Educator blog and co-author of  …

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4 Tips for Dealing with High-Demand Parents

March 11th, 2013

By Brian P. Gatens Sooner or later, all educators have to work with high-demand parents. I’ve found a few basic strategies can defuse tension and help teachers and parents find common ground when these situations pop up. Effective schools always have a …

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Teachers: Stand Up and Speak Out for Your Profession

March 7th, 2013

By Brian P. Gatens Ok, let’s cut to the chase. You’re not a victim. Yes, yes, the teaching profession has been battered and bruised these past several years. We’ve been swept up in an economic tsunami that has engulfed all public-sector workers. …

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Quiet in the Classroom: The Power of Introverts in Learning

March 5th, 2013

by Jacquie McGregor I came across a series of articles recently that made me rethink some of my philosophies as an educator. A great deal of my time as a teacher has been spent in music classrooms. Band, choir, orchestra, jazz band, …

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