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What to Look for in a Common Core Standards Professional Development Course

July 16th, 2013

A majority of states have adopted the Common Core State Standards in English and Mathematics. With that in mind, school districts need to implement professional development opportunities that will adequately prepare for the transition from teacher-centered learning to a student-centered mindset. What does …

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Does Class Size Matter? The LPP Community says ‘Yes’

July 3rd, 2013

By Pamela Moreland Class size matters, especially to educators who have very sharp–and sometimes divided–opinions on the issue. Recently, the Lesson Plans Page Facebook community debated the question “Does Class Size Matter?”  The springboard for the discussion was a decision by Texas …

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Digital Badges Instead of Grades: Pros and Cons

July 2nd, 2013

The traditional methods of assigning letter grades to students at all levels of education has repeatedly come under fire for its perceived limitations. Alfie Kohn, writing in High School Magazine, has criticized grade-based education for allegedly shifting students’ focus from the material …

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How Teachers can tap Vast Resources of the Library of Congress and National Archives

June 26th, 2013

By Rob Klindt While many resources can supplement teachers’ lesson plans, few can match the vast collections of the U.S. Library of Congress and the National Archives. This original 1776 rough draft of the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson is available …

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Fourth of July Lesson Plans, Crafts and Activities

June 24th, 2013

Hooray for the Red, White and Blue! Well, while there will be lots of flags waving on the Fourth of July, this holiday actually honors the day, July 4, 1776, that the Declaration of Independence was signed. The Declaration is the formal …

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Students’ New Learning Styles Offer a Model for Teachers

June 24th, 2013

Few educators disagree there is a revolution happening in learning. Whether in flipped classrooms or gamified sections, students are using new tools to direct their own learning more frequently. Changes in how students learn should be leading to changes in how teachers …

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Using Digital Content to Create Lifelong Learners

June 20th, 2013

What if instead of providing students with answers, teachers asked classes to uncover the facts? What if literacy wasn’t only reading, writing and comprehension, but evaluating the source of information and its veracity? This should be the future of learning, according to …

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Continuing Education for Teachers: Weighing the Options

June 19th, 2013

By Jacquie McGregor We all know that teacher learning doesn’t stop once we enter the classroom. Continuing education is a requirement for many facets of teacher certification, and many teachers choose to earn graduate degrees in order to advance their careers. However, …

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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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