Teacher to teacher

July 6, 2017

Use the summer to reflect

Regardless of what your summer plans are, please consider adding the 3Rs: rest, rejuvenation and reflection.

June 1, 2017

Getting students to lead the lesson

I find my students are more active and motivated when a classmate is leading the class discussion. But what are some steps that teachers can take to create a foundation that will support meaningful accountable talk?

May 4, 2017

Documentation helps kids ‘think like scientists’

in my inquiry-based pre-K classroom, I have been experimenting with methods of documentation. By documenting their observations, children can begin to “think like scientists.”

April 6, 2017

Mastering time management

By becoming more efficient, we can help ourselves, our current and future students, and future generations of teachers for whom we model the concept of teaching as a sustainable career rather than a draining, altruistic sprint.

March 2, 2017

Skill-building through the arts

I am a special education teacher who teaches performing arts in a theater program for children on the autism spectrum. I incorporate skill-building in my arts instruction — but these activities could just as easily be integrated into the rest of the classroom day.

February 2, 2017

Creating a student-centered classroom

I have pushed my kids to work at stations so that they spend more time doing hands-on/minds-on work and less time listening to my voice.

January 5, 2017

Show that it’s OK to take risks, make mistakes

Positioning myself as both a teacher and a learner creates a climate of respect and risk-taking, where my students and I can all feel free to take that extra leap and not be afraid to fall.

December 1, 2016

Your community as a classroom

Taking young children outdoors every day is an important and sometimes overlooked part of the early childhood curriculum.

November 3, 2016

Using annotation to strengthen reading

All social studies and English teachers need a strong, go-to reading strategy. I began my teaching career with the typical strategy of asking students questions about the reading.

October 6, 2016

Student-created rubrics

Rubrics that students create themselves are a great way for students to take ownership of their work and have a clear understanding of assessment criteria.

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