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Formal Education vs. Experience: What Makes a Better Teacher?

Formal Education vs. Experience: What Makes a Better Teacher?

June 11, 2019 | Performance Students Teachers

Listen Teachers sometimes find themselves at the center of controversial debates. Students may complain that they grade too harshly, and parents might criticize these educators for their modern methods. Teachers have many factors to balance in their careers, and one of those elements is knowing what it takes to land...

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TFD Talks Education #4 - No More Valedictorians with Steve Verhoff

TFD Talks Education #4 - No More Valedictorians with Steve Verhoff

May 28, 2019 | Curriculum Performance Student Achievement Students Testing

Listen Watch We talk with Principal Steve Verhoff about why removing the valedictorian slot from Tippecanoe High School was the right choice for his school.

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No Child Left Behind-Successes and Failures

No Child Left Behind-Successes and Failures

May 17, 2019 | Performance Politics Student Achievement Students Testing

Established in 2001, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act was a federal reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education. NCLB sought to improve student outcomes by mandating certain standards and measurable goals and required all states to develop assessment measures regarding student skill level in order to receive federal...

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Can Teachers Handle Year Round Schooling?

Can Teachers Handle Year Round Schooling?

May 16, 2019 | Mental Health Performance Teachers

School schedules are changing in many parts of the country. Several districts are finding that their students need a different schedule. Districts are changing from a traditional school calendar to a year-round school calendar. A traditional school schedule operates by having school in session for forty weeks on and twelve...

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TFD Talks Education #2 - Being Kind and Inclusive with Craig McCalla

TFD Talks Education #2 - Being Kind and Inclusive with Craig McCalla

May 15, 2019 | Administrators Bullying Performance Stress Students Teachers

Listen Watch We talk with Craig McCalla of Anchor Elementary about being a kind person, being inclusive, and learning the names of your students.

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When a Teacher Should Be Fired

When a Teacher Should Be Fired

May 15, 2019 | Performance Teachers

Teaching is one of the most fulfilling careers in the job market. The job has easy hours, and the pay is relatively good. There is also the fact that you feel really good about yourself when you can make some positive changes in your learners’ lives. However, to be a...

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Pros and Cons of a Summer Break

Pros and Cons of a Summer Break

May 13, 2019 | Curriculum Performance Student Achievement Students

While many people love the idea of a summer break, others question whether or not it is really best. The positive and negative effects of long summer breaks affect students and teachers alike, as well as their families. In order to help you reach your own conclusions regarding whether or not...

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Home Schooling Benefits

Home Schooling Benefits

May 10, 2019 | Curriculum Performance Student Achievement Students

An estimated 2.3 million students receive education via home schools. Nearly 3.4 million have been home schooled at least one year between kindergarten and the 12th grade, with an average duration of six to eight years. (https://www.nheri.org/research-facts-on-homeschooling/)The appeal of homeschooling for parents who choose it flows from the flexibility homeschools...

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The Benefits Of Bored Children

The Benefits Of Bored Children

May 08, 2019 | Parents Performance

Do you children struggle to entertain themselves? In today's fast-paced world, boredom has gotten a bum rap, and child experts have recently disclosed that a little boredom can go a long way to foster ingenuity and creativity. We as parents need to slow down with our scheduling activities and realize...

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The Right Age For Children To Learn To Read

The Right Age For Children To Learn To Read

May 06, 2019 | Performance Student Achievement Students

Watching a child read fluently is something exciting, not only for the parents but for teachers as well. Reading is one of the basic skills that all kids have to acquire. If you are teaching children in school, it is helpful to get an idea as to when children should...

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Should We Do Away With Tenure?

Should We Do Away With Tenure?

April 29, 2019 | Performance Student Achievement Students Teachers

There is some debate around the topic of tenure. Supporters of tenure argue that tenure serves as an incentive for educators to work harder. Those in opposition of tenure argue that tenure makes it more difficult to dismiss an educator for inappropriate actions. The topic of tenure can be a complex...

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Dealing With a Challenging Child

Dealing With a Challenging Child

April 23, 2019 | Bullying Mental Health Performance Physical Activity Student Achievement Testing

As educators, it is inevitable that we will encounter challenging students throughout the course of our careers. While there are no sure-fire strategies to handle these students, there are some classroom management techniques that can help minimize disruptive behavior in the classroom and address it effectively when it does happen.Remain...

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