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Teaching Culturally Responsive Literature: Part 3, Hispanic/Latinx Literature

Teaching Culturally Responsive Literature: Part 3, Hispanic/Latinx Literature

June 30, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Leadership Performance Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen   Students of Latin heritage cannot be placed into a box, though they are often stereotyped. While there are 20 countries in Central and South America, many teachers just assume that Hispanic students are of Mexican descent. Trouble with the English language is often quite incorrectly associated with an...

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Teaching Culturally Responsive Literature: Part 2, African American Literature

Teaching Culturally Responsive Literature: Part 2, African American Literature

June 29, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Leadership Performance Student Achievement Teachers

Listen Many teachers and administrators are grappling with how to address the social concerns that the recent events in our country have brought up. The truth is that the protests and riots have only brought to the forefront issues that our students carry with them into our classrooms every day. ...

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The Next Pandemic - Mental Illness

The Next Pandemic - Mental Illness

June 18, 2020 | Mental Health Parents Performance Stress Students Teachers

Listen The pandemic of COVID-19 leaves behind more than physical health changes for the general population in its wake. Many doctors, psychiatrists, and health advisers (including the CDC and WHO) are telling the medical community and the public to brace themselves for the next big pandemic - mental illness. Many...

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Be the Change

Be the Change

June 11, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Performance Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen If you’ve ever walked into a break room at lunchtime, you know that all of the educational experts are sitting in that room talking about the problems and solutions of day-to-day classroom life. And yet, it seems as though the experts are never the people making the decisions! Teachers...

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Troubleshooting for Elementary Blended Learning in the Classroom

Troubleshooting for Elementary Blended Learning in the Classroom

May 15, 2020 | Curriculum Performance Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen In our last article, we explored what blended learning looks like in the elementary classroom setting. Because blended learning is used a lot more in the late elementary and secondary settings, there are some “kinks” to be worked out. Here are some suggestions on ways to do that. All...

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Elementary Classroom-Based Blended Learning

Elementary Classroom-Based Blended Learning

May 14, 2020 | Curriculum Performance Students Teachers

Listen There are many more resources available for blended learning in the secondary classroom, and the idea of blended learning is, on the whole, a bit of a different challenge for elementary teachers because so much of it relies on technology.  Remote aspects of blended learning are even more complicated,...

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How Other Countries Are Coping with Restarting School

How Other Countries Are Coping with Restarting School

May 01, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Parents Performance Stress Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen Students and educators alike have been terribly disappointed by the fact that school won’t be resuming face-to-face classes for this school year. Although there are many disadvantages to those involved in remote learning, there are some things that can be taken into consideration as advantages.  One great advantage is...

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Non-Standard Units of Measurement in Early Math

Non-Standard Units of Measurement in Early Math

April 21, 2020 | Curriculum Early Childhood Performance Student Achievement Students Teachers

We recently had a great question from a teacher. She asked if anyone else hated teaching non-standard units of measurement in math. That reminded those of us who teach math of many years of the same frustration and struggle. However, when we sat down and talked about it as a...

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Remote Learning Idea #4: Teaching with Movies

Remote Learning Idea #4: Teaching with Movies

April 07, 2020 | Curriculum Homeschool Parents Performance Students Teachers

Listen Alright class, today we are going to study the historical and cultural context of England during the Neoclassical Period which spanned from roughly 1600 to wah-waah wah-waah wah-waah-waah-waaaaaaaaaaaaah... This is bad enough during a “normal” school year (whatever that means) in a traditional classroom. It can be so frustrating...

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Remote Learning Idea #3: Do-able Poetry Intro or Review

Remote Learning Idea #3: Do-able Poetry Intro or Review

April 01, 2020 | Mental Health Performance Stress Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen How can 6 little letters elicit such fear, dread, anxiety, and memories of failure and defeat? And, that’s just for the teachers!  Many of us literature nerds love poetry. You probably remember how excited you were building your poetry packet your first year teaching ELAR. The other teachers on...

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Increasing the Educational Value of Field Trips

Increasing the Educational Value of Field Trips

March 17, 2020 | Administrators Performance Planning Student Achievement Teachers

Listen ‘Tis the season for field trips! Often, teachers view this as sort of a holiday. We may divvy up students among vetted parent volunteers and spend the day with only one or two of our students, looking around and enjoying the scenery. This is nice for us, but there...

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Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)

Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)

March 11, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Performance Stress Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen What Is ODD? Oppositional Defiance Disorder is a behavioral disorder. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms include persistent angry or irritable moods, extreme defiance for authority figures, frequent need to argue, and vindictiveness.  Students with ODD most often deal with other disorders simultaneously and in addition to ODD. Frequent...

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