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  • Teachers Should Avoid Testing Burnout Too

    By: Katie Becker | October, 2013 | 1,752 views | No Comments | Posted in: Classroom Management

    Teacher burnout is nothing new. It’s a topic widely discussed in the online community, and we even dedicated an entire blog post to the burnout a few years back that included various ways to fight it.
    However, there is another type of burnout that we have not discussed– testing burnout. Believe it or not, educators also experience testing burnout like their students.

    So how do you know if you are experiencing testing burnout? Here are some signs that you just might have it (adapted from here):

    You struggle to feel motivated to revisit …

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  • Are your students engaged? Here’s how to tell

    By: Katie Becker | October, 2013 | 1,572 views | No Comments | Posted in: Classroom Management

    We have all experienced these types of students– the class clown, troublemaker, or chit-chatterer– and for educators, I think these students ultimately bring up the questions, “Is this student engaged?” or worse, “Are any of my students engaged?”

     Classroom engagement is something that must be measured throughout the year, and there are many factors that go into it, depending on which concepts or viewpoints you take. Here are some general questions you can ask yourself, including some insight into how to tell if your students are engaged:

    Are they listening? Here’s how …

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  • Turning bullying into positive outcomes

    By: Diane Weaver | August, 2013 | 1,539 views | 2 Comments | Posted in: Classroom Management, Classroom Resources

    So, I recently had my first bully experience as a parent. I always thought I knew how I would react if this happened to my child–but I never expected the situation to be so complex or for it to start happening so young. Unfortunately, I’ll bet many of you can relate; reports show that around 15 to 25 percent of students are affected by bullying in the United States. If you think about it, that is about one out of every four to six students. Not only is it common, …

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  • How to Measure Your Effectiveness as a Teacher

    By: Diane Weaver | March, 2013 | 14,736 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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  • Brain-based learning: Teaching to the Brain

    By: Diane Weaver | March, 2013 | 6,960 views | 2 Comments | Posted in: Classroom Management, Classroom Resources

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    Brain Awareness Week is a worldwide campaign that brings schools, families, and communities together to celebrate the brain—and it begins next week (March 11-17). So in honor of this celebration, I plan to focus this post around a teaching technique known as brain-based learning.
    You may ask, isn’t all learning brain-based? Not exactly. With brain-based learning, specific methods are brought in that allow the brain’s natural learning processes to function. Its core principles state that (from HERE):

    Each brain is unique
    The brain can perform several activities at once
    Learning involves …

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  • Tactics for Teaching English-Language Learners

    By: Diane Weaver | February, 2013 | 4,134 views | 1 Comment | Posted in: Classroom Management, Literacy

    Teaching English-Language Learners (ELLs) is one of my favorite topics. I’ve taught ELLs in three countries overseas and have volunteered in ELL settings in the U.S. It is wonderful how common it is for classrooms in the U.S. to be filled with many different language speakers–but it is also extremely challenging for both teachers and students.
    Because this is so common, it is important for every educator to understand that they will need to step into the shoes of a language teacher at some point. So, when that time comes—or if …

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  • Dealing with Classroom Distractions during the Holidays

    By: Aaron Morrison | November, 2012 | 29,691 views | No Comments | Posted in: Classroom Management

    We have all experienced excitement around the holiday season– When will there be snow? What will Aunt Jane give me this year? What will I pack for the holiday-break getaway? Our minds find it difficult to think of anything else!
    In the classroom, this can be a huge problem. The enthusiasm from the season has the ability to steal students’ minds from learning and fixate them on life outside of education. Here are some ways you can deal with their distracted minds:

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    Strategize where you will place students when they …

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  • How to Manage an Online Student Discussion

    By: Aaron Morrison | February, 2012 | 19,662 views | 3 Comments | Posted in: Classroom Management, Social Media in the Classroom, Technology in the Classroom

    The concept of blended learning has gone viral on the Internet and in classrooms. For those who aren’t familiar, blended learning is a method that takes traditional in-class teaching and interlaces it with an online element. The beautiful thing about blended learning is that it prepares students to be a digital citizen, which is a must-have skill in a society full of technology. One vital element to digital citizenship, and what is considered to be a 21st century skill, is the ability to communicate effectively. To be a great conversationalist, …

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  • Back-To-School Checklist for the Classroom

    By: Aaron Morrison | August, 2011 | 4,374 views | No Comments | Posted in: Classroom Management, Classroom Resources

    Getting ready for a new school year can be an overwhelming task for teachers. One of the best ways to prepare is compiling a back-to-school checklist of items that will need to be done or acquired for the classroom. We have created a small list of objects and activities to get you started:

    Name tags for students- This will help you and your students learn names to faces much quicker.
    Review student files- This will prepare you of any problem behaviors and learning challenges you may encounter.
    Camera- Pin photos …

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  • Parent-Teacher Communication Starts Now!

    By: Aaron Morrison | August, 2011 | 5,327 views | 2 Comments | Posted in: Classroom Management

    The start of a new school year can be intimidating for both the parent and teacher, especially when it comes to meeting each other for the first time. Typically, teachers will host a “Meet the Teacher” night at the beginning of the year to not only highlight classroom expectations, but open lines of communication with parents. Although discussing curriculum and goals are important, teachers should use this night to really promote parent involvement! Hopefully, “Meet the Teacher” night will help take dialogue with parents past the parent-teacher conference or concerning …

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