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Teacher to teacher | May 16, 2013 >>
Play is steadily disappearing from kindergarten, which can have negative consequences for children’s academic success. This was not the intent of the Common Core. High-quality Choice Time experiences contribute to the overall development of a child.
Teacher to teacher | May 2, 2013 >>
How do students acquire the literacy skills to succeed in life? Here is an approach one educator took.
Teacher to teacher | April 11, 2013 >>
The development of caring bonds between teachers and their students not only nurtures healthy emotional and social development in young people but can also improve academic achievement. My students succeed because they believe I care about them. This motivates them to believe in themselves, stay focused, work hard and never give up.
Teacher to teacher | March 21, 2013 >>
One of the biggest challenges that I have grappled with as an educator is how to help students write. Students can develop creative, reasoned and intellectually stimulating thoughts and responses to questions. However, they often lack the grammatical tools needed to best communicate their ideas.
Teacher to teacher | February 28, 2013 >>
With the current conversation about the common core and college readiness, it is necessary for students to learn as early as elementary school how to talk about their learning. We should expose children to the different modes of learning and help them articulate which one suits them best.
Teacher to teacher | February 14, 2013 >>
After several days of listening to my 11th-grade students loudly voice their disinterest and confusion as we worked — or, more precisely, slogged — our way through Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” they were suddenly begging me to keep reading to them.
Teacher to teacher | January 31, 2013 >>
Toe to toe across a desk, we examine a project together. Nothing supplants the time spent during a one-on-one conference in propelling students’ progress — not just with their work, but with their growth as human beings, too. Too often students sit lost in a sea of other seemingly knowing bodies, afraid to admit they don’t get it.
Teacher to teacher | January 17, 2013 >>
The adoption of the Common Core Learning Standards provides social studies teachers with an opportunity to rethink day-to-day practices that have the potential to dramatically transform how students read, write and think about the subject.
Teacher to teacher | December 20, 2012 >>
How to take a test is something you can teach your students if you follow some simple guidelines and your students do their part by making a good-faith effort to prepare for it. The following methods can work for multiple-choice exams and essays, too.
Teacher to teacher | December 6, 2012 >>
With the special education reform in full swing, many of us teachers — especially general education teachers — will find ourselves teaching students with disabilities and possibly collaborating with special education teachers.
Teacher to teacher | November 22, 2012 >>
Early childhood educators will face questions this school year about how best to align early childhood programs with the new Common Core State Standards. Developmentally appropriate practices and understanding what research tells us about how young children learn are the building blocks that are key to addressing this important issue.
Teacher to teacher | November 1, 2012 >>
Soon 12th-grade students will be taking the first of many steps into adulthood. Preparing students for this next step involves more than just academic readiness; it also requires maturity. So how can teachers motivate students to understand and accomplish the goals needed to achieve graduation and transition into college? It starts with a plan.
Teacher to teacher | October 18, 2012 >>
Do your students want a say in how things work in your classroom? Giving students choices in the classroom can actually open more opportunities for student engagement, motivation and differentiated instruction.
Teacher to teacher | September 27, 2012 >>
Making learning possible in overcrowded classrooms Bodies are everywhere. Students pack shoulder to shoulder into the room, almost literally sitting on top of each other. The space is stifling for both you and the students, with no room to walk without bumping conspicuously into an uncomfortable child.
Teacher to teacher | September 6, 2012 >>
How do we, as educators, hold students accountable for active class participation and for homework? A teacher offers a few easy-to-integrate classroom strategies that are useful across grade levels and various subjects.
Teacher to teacher | June 28, 2012 >>
We can all agree that teaching teenagers requires a level of patience and concern that almost forces us into sainthood. In the current educational climate, it is essential that we give our students the freedom to express themselves responsibly as a form of self-empowerment. The trick is to let them think it was their idea!
Teacher to teacher | June 14, 2012 >>
Assessment is a huge part of an early childhood educator’s day. As time-consuming as this is, I believe that emergent readers should be assessed at least every month. Running records are the most common sources of reading assessment, and the most important part of the running record is not calculating the child’s score at the end; it’s carefully recording the mistakes that are made and understanding what they mean.
Teacher to teacher | May 24, 2012 >>
As teachers of the 21st century, we are familiar with the buzzword “differentiation,” but is it just “buzz”? I regularly hear teachers ponder the effectiveness of differentiated instruction. They raise questions such as, “Are we setting them up for success in the real world?” My answer is YES! Preparing students for success in college and the real world is a consistent focus in our field.
Teacher to teacher | May 10, 2012 >>
Remember when you were a student and the teacher was lecturing about a topic and, for whatever reason, you zoned out? The middle school students in my science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lab do not have this problem. The reason is that I “screen record” or “screen cast” all my lessons on videos that can be accessed online at any time.
Teacher to teacher | April 19, 2012 >>
One of the best decisions I ever made was to teach hearing-impaired kids. When I took a sabbatical in 1999, I was fortunate enough to receive a full scholarship in deaf studies and was able to follow my dream to combine my love of language and special education and to breathe new life into a longstanding career.