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  • How to Measure Your Effectiveness as a Teacher

    By: Diane Weaver | March, 2013 | 13,299 views | No Comments | Posted in: Classroom Management, Classroom Resources, Stress Reduction

    Effective teachers matter, and they matter quite a bit. In a study done by three Harvard and Columbia researchers, it was found that “students with highly effective elementary- and middle-school teachers were more likely to go to college, had lower teenage pregnancy rates and earned more as adults.” (Source)
    But how do we measure educator effectiveness? Finding the answer to this question has been known to cause intense, passionate discussions; however, the move toward more structured educator effectiveness systems is actually a good thing. It shows that we care about empowering …

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  • Six Steps to Increase School Security

    By: Katrina Brooks, K-12 Online | January, 2013 | 2,261 views | No Comments | Posted in: Classroom Management, Stress Reduction

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    Although one of the worst mass school shootings in U.S. history, the event that unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary was certainly not the first. Nationwide, parents, educators, and communities are readdressing the important question of school safety.
    These important discussions revolve around increased feelings of helplessness in what seems to be a new or increased threat to our children. So what now?  How do we create an antidote to the sense of anxiety and helplessness we are feeling?
    While we may never have perfect systems that can prevent every conceivable act of violence …

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  • Five Ways Teachers can Enjoy Summer Break

    By: Aaron Morrison | July, 2012 | 4,306 views | 1 Comment | Posted in: Stress Reduction

    After nine plus months of being cooped up in a classroom and putting in longer hours than we care to admit, it can be difficult to decompress and just enjoy the summer. Here are some things you can do to relax and get the most out of your summer break:

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    Get outside. Teachers spend so much time indoors that sunlight can feel like a foreign substance. Have a picnic at the park with friends and family. Take up canoeing. Go camping. Drink your morning coffee on the back patio. Soak …

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  • End of Year Teacher Reflection

    By: Aaron Morrison | May, 2012 | 8,414 views | 1 Comment | Posted in: Classroom Management, Stress Reduction

    Self-reflection at the end of each year is an important part of professional development. Teaching is a unique profession in that it allows us a fresh slate at the start of each new school year. We can keep what has worked in the past, toss the failures, and implement new strategies and approaches.

    If you have time, you might ask your students what worked for them this year. Were there any units or activities that really stood out to them? Was there anything they would not do over even if they …

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  • Avoiding Teacher Burnout

    By: admin | January, 2011 | 3,268 views | 2 Comments | Posted in: Stress Reduction

    We start school in late summer, put our “pedals to the metal” and don’t look back.  Fortunately, a couple of months after the start of the school year we are given some distractions from the daily grind: the holidays. October through December we experience a whirlwind of food, decorations, traditions, family and friends. Then, in the blink of an eye, it’s all over and we have to face reality.  Another semester.  If you’re like me then you may experience “Burnout” around the time January shows its’ chilly face.
    This year I …

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