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Study.com is here to help you succeed as a new teacher. Our veteran teachers and other experts provide creative solutions to the biggest challenges you will face during your first year - from managing your classroom to communicating with parents. We want to give you the tips and tricks you need to maintain the love and passion that got you into teaching in the first place. Explore our content to find interesting ideas and approaches that you can use in your classroom to develop your students and control your stress!

How to Caution an Overconfident Student That They Still Have a Lot to Learn
How to Caution an Overconfident Student That They Still Have a Lot to Learn
by Bill Sands September 2017

Overconfidence in students can lead to disruptive behavior and diminished academic performance, and teachers need to know how to caution these students without being overly harsh.

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Making the Most Out of Staff Development Meetings Before the School Year Starts
Making the Most Out of Staff Development Meetings Before the School Year Starts
by Rachel Tustin September 2017

Staff development may not get you as excited as buying school supplies, but it is an important part of the year for teachers. It's an opportunity for you to get up to speed on all kinds of information, and if you go into it with the right frame of mind, you can make the most of these days.

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Why Teachers Should Set Goals Before Going Back to School
Why Teachers Should Set Goals Before Going Back to School
by Rachel Tustin September 2017

While during summer vacation teachers may want to avoid anything related to their profession, it can be the best time of year to set goals. If they wait, they may run the risk of never setting goals for the year at all.

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How to Make the Most of Back to School Deals to Restock Your Classroom
How to Make the Most of Back to School Deals to Restock Your Classroom
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant September 2017

Teachers spend an average of $500 of their own money on school supplies every year. Read on to learn how you can make the most of back-to-school deals to restock your classroom without breaking the bank.

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Teachers Need Lunch, Too: Great School Lunch Ideas
Teachers Need Lunch, Too: Great School Lunch Ideas
by Erin Riskey September 2017

With their seemingly nonstop, busy schedules, it can be hard for teachers to find enough time to eat (and actually enjoy) lunch at school. Today's post provides some simple and delicious lunch ideas that teachers can prepare ahead of time.

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How Back to School During Your Second Year of Teaching is So Much Different from Your First
How Back to School During Your Second Year of Teaching is So Much Different from Your First
by Rachel Tustin September 2017

Many teachers find their second year of teaching more challenging, and even more stressful, than their first. However, there are wonderful things waiting for you during your second year in the classroom.

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3 Innovative Teaching Techniques to Try This School Year
3 Innovative Teaching Techniques to Try This School Year
by Rachel Tustin September 2017

Changing your teaching strategies is no easy feat. It can be scary because just like our students, it places us in situations where we can fail. However, if we are willing to try new strategies we can improve student learning. Here are three strategies I intend to try this year.

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Fun Classroom Decor Ideas for Back to School
Fun Classroom Decor Ideas for Back to School
by Bill Sands September 2017

Giving your classroom a fun and innovative decorating scheme can set the tone for the entire school year. Pick up some tips and find some inspiration with these helpful and creative suggestions.

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Fun, Harmless April Fool's Pranks to Try in Your Classroom
Fun, Harmless April Fool's Pranks to Try in Your Classroom
by Bill Sands September 2017

April Fool's Day is an enjoyable time for students and teachers alike. With a little advance planning and some help from these ideas, you can devise a whole day of fun and trickery for your class.

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How Teachers Can Have a Stress-Free Back to School
How Teachers Can Have a Stress-Free Back to School
by Rachel Tustin September 2017

Back to school is an exciting time of year for teachers. However, if we aren't careful, it can easily become the most stressful time of year as well. Here is some advice to make your back to school as stress-free as possible.

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The 5 Biggest Fears About Becoming a Teacher & How to Overcome Them
The 5 Biggest Fears About Becoming a Teacher & How to Overcome Them
by Bill Sands September 2017

Feeling a little trepidation as you embark on your teaching career is only natural. If you're a little tense, check out these suggestions that will help you keep calm and grow comfortable in your new role.

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Can I Teach High School and Community College at the Same Time?
Can I Teach High School and Community College at the Same Time?
by Rachel Tustin August 2017

There are many reasons you may want to teach high school and community college. Whatever your reason, you can create a dual teaching career if you are willing to embrace the challenge of teaching in two different worlds.

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Dealing with Difficult Classroom Situations You'll See Often
Dealing with Difficult Classroom Situations You'll See Often
by Irene Cooper August 2017

Situations crop up regularly in most classrooms that threaten to distract from the lesson and derail learning for all. The following are a few suggestions for getting students back on track and keeping your cool when challenges arise.

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How Often Should Teachers Change Their Seating Chart?
How Often Should Teachers Change Their Seating Chart?
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant July 2017

Some teachers change their classroom seating weekly, while others prefer that students remain in the same desks all year. Is one better than the other? Read on to see how often teachers should change their seating chart.

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5 Common Misunderstandings About What It's Like to Be a Teacher
5 Common Misunderstandings About What It's Like to Be a Teacher
by Patricia Willis August 2017

Teaching is a noble profession, and while most people view it favorably, there are a few misconceptions we teachers hear that drive us crazy every time.

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5 Things to Keep in Your Classroom for Emergencies
5 Things to Keep in Your Classroom for Emergencies
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant July 2017

As you're preparing to go back to school, you might be thinking about preparing your classroom for learning and fun, but you should also be prepared for emergencies. Read on for five things to keep in your classroom for emergency situations.

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How to Use Summer Vacation Productively as a Teacher
How to Use Summer Vacation Productively as a Teacher
by Rachel Tustin July 2017

If you are a teacher on summer vacation, your goal may be to simply check out mentally for ten weeks, lay on a beach, and relax. However, summer vacation is an important time for teachers. You can be productive, have fun and de-stress, all at the same time!

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What to Do When Your Student Requests to Be Your Friend on Facebook
What to Do When Your Student Requests to Be Your Friend on Facebook
by Rachel Tustin July 2017

Social media has become an important tool for educators and schools to convey information to parents and the community. However, sometimes students decide to use it to friend their teachers. Knowing how to respond in these situations is important for both you and your student.

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What it Really Means to Be a Mandated Reporter
What it Really Means to Be a Mandated Reporter
by Erin Riskey July 2017

When you decided to become a teacher, you essentially chose to take on several responsibilities that come with the territory. One of the most important of those is being a mandated reporter, which we will explore in this post.

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How to Handle Rainy Days in Your Elementary Classroom
How to Handle Rainy Days in Your Elementary Classroom
by Rachel Tustin July 2017

You may approach rainy days in your elementary school classroom with a sense of dread. However, if you plan ahead and are prepared, you and your students can avoid the rainy day blues.

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How to Respond to a Student with Attendance Problems
How to Respond to a Student with Attendance Problems
by Rachel Tustin July 2017

Attendance issues are among the most challenging problems teachers face in their classrooms. The causes of attendance issues are complex and often require additional resources to work through. However, responding appropriately to attendance problems can make a huge difference in a child's life.

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Is It Important to Enforce the Dress Code as a Teacher?
Is It Important to Enforce the Dress Code as a Teacher?
by Patricia Willis July 2017

With all the talk of unbalanced dress code practices, including those that unfairly penalize female students, the question begs: Should you enforce your school's dress code, and if so, how can you do it fairly?

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How to Talk to Parents of a Bullied Student
How to Talk to Parents of a Bullied Student
by Michele Vrouvas July 2017

From news stories about students bullied at school, we've learned that their parents want to know how teachers and schools are handling it. If you're a teacher in this situation, here's what you can tell them.

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What to Wear as a Teacher in the Elementary Classroom
What to Wear as a Teacher in the Elementary Classroom
by Patricia Willis July 2017

Today's teachers strive to be more in touch with their students, which for some may mean a more casual dress code than their predecessors. Find out how to achieve the right balance of casual and professional dress in your elementary classroom.

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The Best Apps for Teachers Who Want to Save Time
The Best Apps for Teachers Who Want to Save Time
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant July 2017

Teachers spend time teaching as well as grading, communicating, developing study tools and trying to find time to learn from their peers. Luckily, there is now an app for that. Read on to discover the best apps for teachers who want to save time.

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How to Set Up Your Substitute Teacher for Success
How to Set Up Your Substitute Teacher for Success
by Rachel Tustin July 2017

As teachers, we often take substitutes for granted. However, they are professionals as well, and we need to set them up for success. Strategies, detailed plans, and even tips of the trade can help the day run smoothly in your absence.

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How I Use Bulletin Boards to Enhance My Classroom
How I Use Bulletin Boards to Enhance My Classroom
by Rachel Tustin July 2017

Bulletin boards are often the bane of our existence as teachers. If we want them to look nice, they eat up hours of our planning periods. However, if you think strategically, you can create bulletin boards that enhance instruction.

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What You Should Have in Your Bag of Tricks as a Substitute Teacher
What You Should Have in Your Bag of Tricks as a Substitute Teacher
by Rachel Tustin July 2017

Being a substitute teacher is a challenging job under the best circumstances. To be successful at it on a day-to-day basis, you need to be prepared for any situation. A few key items in your bag of tricks can often make or break your day!

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A Day in the Life of a Kindergarten Teacher
A Day in the Life of a Kindergarten Teacher
by Rachel Tustin July 2017

A day as a kindergarten teacher is far from easy. With students of all ability levels, teachers have the challenge of trying to squeeze reading, writing, math, and social studies into their lessons while differentiating instruction. So let's talk a walk through a day in the life of a kindergarten teacher.

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How to Appropriately Respond to Students Who Cheat on Tests
How to Appropriately Respond to Students Who Cheat on Tests
by Rachel Tustin July 2017

Cheating is a common situation in our schools today. For a teacher, it can be a challenging situation to handle in the classroom. However, if you keep a calm frame of mind, you can appropriately handle the situation and even help the student move forward in a positive way.

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Tips to Help Teachers Eliminate Their Unconscious Bias
Tips to Help Teachers Eliminate Their Unconscious Bias
by Michele Vrouvas July 2017

Of all the things that don't belong in your teacher's toolbox, unconscious bias is one of them. Here are ways to identify and overcome this obstacle to learning.

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Should I Teach at a Community College or University?
Should I Teach at a Community College or University?
by Zach Griffin July 2017

If you are considering a career in academia, then you probably have pondered the differences between teaching at a community college and teaching at a university. We will discuss those differences here.

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What a Teacher Thinks About Trends in American Education
What a Teacher Thinks About Trends in American Education
by Rachel Tustin July 2017

In the last decade, educators have had to adjust and adapt as a result of significant changes in educational trends. Depending on the trends, teachers may see them as valuable or merely a fad.

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How to Identify a Gifted Student in Your Classroom
How to Identify a Gifted Student in Your Classroom
by Rachel Tustin July 2017

Identifying gifted students in our classrooms can be challenging. As teachers, we have to break beyond the the stereotypes and look at all the characteristics gifted children can express.

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How Flexible Seating Transformed My Teaching
How Flexible Seating Transformed My Teaching
by Rachel Tustin June 2017

The notion of creating flexible work spaces may be all the rage in the business world, but it is equally important in classrooms. Changing your classroom environment can completely transform the way you teach.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Competency-Based Learning
5 Things You Need to Know About Competency-Based Learning
by Patricia Willis June 2017

A revolution in education may be on the horizon. Competency-based learning allows students to earn credit for what they know, not how many hours they spend in class, so students gain skills at their own pace and through the medium that works best for them.

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How to Recognize Introverts Among Students & Help Them Succeed
How to Recognize Introverts Among Students & Help Them Succeed
by Rachel Tustin June 2017

In our classrooms, often our energy gets focused on the extroverts who demand our attention. However, we need to find strategies to nurture our introverts and help them succeed as well.

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Promoting Empathy in My Classroom Improved My Students' Behavior
Promoting Empathy in My Classroom Improved My Students' Behavior
by Rachel Tustin June 2017

In the age of standards-driven instruction, we sometimes forget that we need to teach and promote empathy as well. When we do so in our classrooms, it can transform student behavior.

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Are Lectures an Ineffective Way to Teach Young Kids?
Are Lectures an Ineffective Way to Teach Young Kids?
by Kyle Aken June 2017

Young children have trouble paying attention and retaining information from lectures. There are many non-traditional methods, from social to logical methods of learning, that are more effective with young children, as we'll discuss in this post.

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What to Consider Before You Quit Your Teaching Job
What to Consider Before You Quit Your Teaching Job
by Rachel Tustin June 2017

There are few teachers in the profession who haven't considered leaving at some point or another. However, that decision should be made after some thoughtful reflection and not in haste.

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Teacher's Advice: How I Learned to Stay Positive and De-Stress
Teacher's Advice: How I Learned to Stay Positive and De-Stress
by Rachel Tustin June 2017

Teaching is not an easy job, with multiple sources of stress and negativity being thrown at them everyday. However, there are some simple things teachers can do to de-stress and stay positive in their careers.

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The Best Ways to Support Kids from Non-Traditional Families in Your Classroom
The Best Ways to Support Kids from Non-Traditional Families in Your Classroom
by Rachel Tustin June 2017

Supporting students from non-traditional families in the classroom can be a challenge for teachers. However, the effort is well worth the reward to our students.

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I Stopped Being a Perfectionist Teacher and So Can You
I Stopped Being a Perfectionist Teacher and So Can You
by Rachel Tustin June 2017

Many teachers are perfectionists and believe that it makes them better teachers. However, letting go of those tendencies and adopting a growth mindset can make you a more effective and happier teacher.

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Steps to Take If You Think a Student is Self-Harming
Steps to Take If You Think a Student is Self-Harming
by Rachel Tustin June 2017

Discovering that your student is engaging in self-harm is a scary situation for a teacher to find themselves in. You need to be knowledgeable in what steps to take when a student needs help.

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Things My Students Taught Me
Things My Students Taught Me
by Rachel Tustin June 2017

As teachers, we expect our students to learn the lessons we create for our classrooms. However, some of the most valuable lessons actually come from our students.

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Teachers & Sleep Deprivation: Why Sleeping More than 6 Hours Matters
Teachers & Sleep Deprivation: Why Sleeping More than 6 Hours Matters
by Bill Sands June 2017

Being a teacher means dealing with a busy schedule that may not always leave time for sleep. However, sleep deprivation can go far beyond just ~'feeling tired~' and affect the way your brain functions, making it all the more important to get enough rest.

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Is School Bullying Really Declining?  - A Recent Study Shows It Is
Is School Bullying Really Declining? - A Recent Study Shows It Is
by Bill Sands June 2017

As recently as 2005, 30 percent of students reported an involvement in bullying. Fortunately, this number has dramatically reduced. Let's take a look at how schools cut down on this behavior and what you can do to help end bullying in your classroom.

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Tips for Respectfully Resigning Your Teaching Position to Move to Another School
Tips for Respectfully Resigning Your Teaching Position to Move to Another School
by Rachel Tustin June 2017

Resigning a teaching job and switching schools can be a challenging part of your career. However, there are some tried-and-true strategies to help you resign respectfully, even in tense situations.

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8 Activities to Make the Final Days of the School Year Exciting & Memorable
8 Activities to Make the Final Days of the School Year Exciting & Memorable
by Rachel Tustin June 2017

The end of the school year can be a stressful time for teachers. However, by channeling your creativity and tapping into students' skills and challenges, it can be an amazing time of year for everyone.

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Tips for Making a Good Impression on Your First Day of Teaching
Tips for Making a Good Impression on Your First Day of Teaching
by Amanda Johnson June 2017

The first day of teaching is your opportunity to make a positive, impacting, and encouraging impression on your students. It's your chance to introduce yourself, lay out the curriculum plan for the year, and create a sense of excitement in your class.

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What I Wish I Knew Before Teaching Internationally
What I Wish I Knew Before Teaching Internationally
by Rachel Tustin May 2017

Teaching internationally is an adventure for any teacher. However, if you don't consider a few important details, it can quickly turn into a bad situation.

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How to Best Deal with Violence or Fights in the Classroom
How to Best Deal with Violence or Fights in the Classroom
by Michele Vrouvas May 2017

With schools becoming more dangerous places, it's natural that new teachers would worry about safety. Knowing how to deal with classroom violence can protect you and your students when kids do more than act out.

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How I Combined Music and Mathematics in My Elementary Classroom
How I Combined Music and Mathematics in My Elementary Classroom
by Amanda Johnson May 2017

Learning can be difficult for some students. Research has found that music can help prepare students for the day's lessons by energizing them and stimulating the brain. Incorporating music into math can change the dynamic of mathematics making it a more enjoyable experience for everyone.

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Using March Mammal Madness in Your Classroom
Using March Mammal Madness in Your Classroom
by Melissa Kreindel May 2017

March Madness gets everyone riled up, hoping their college basketball bracket picks advance to the next round. Basketball, however, isn't the only March Madness game in town. For five years now, March Mammal Madness has captured the attention of classrooms, taking advantage of bracket-fever while also giving students a fun science learning opportunity.

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What You Should Know Before Teaching English as a Second Language
What You Should Know Before Teaching English as a Second Language
by Bill Sands May 2017

Teaching English as a Second Language is a worthy endeavor, but it is not for everyone. If you're thinking of entering the field, you should make sure that it's a good fit for your academic and professional needs.

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5 Things Most Teachers Really Want Parents to Know
5 Things Most Teachers Really Want Parents to Know
by Amanda Johnson May 2017

Teachers spend a lot of time preparing and teaching class. Normal workdays last far beyond school hours especially when parents are calling and e-mailing questions, concerns and complaints. Perhaps the day might run smoother if parents took a few key points to heart.

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How I Dealt with Aggression in My Classroom: What Every Teacher Should Know
How I Dealt with Aggression in My Classroom: What Every Teacher Should Know
by Rachel Tustin May 2017

Dealing with aggressive students is challenging and stressful for teachers. However, if you're prepared with strategies, you can deal with student aggression effectively and appropriately.

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Tips for Writing a Fair and Effective Teacher Recommendation Letter for College
Tips for Writing a Fair and Effective Teacher Recommendation Letter for College
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant May 2017

Writing authentic and helpful educator recommendations for college-bound high school seniors isn't always easy. Read on to learn some tips for writing fair and effective teacher recommendation letters.

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How We Started Teaching Meditation at Our School - And You Can Too
How We Started Teaching Meditation at Our School - And You Can Too
by Bill Sands May 2017

Meditation is a great way for students and teachers to relieve stress, but it's not always easy to introduce such an activity to the classroom. You'll need to be fully prepared and adaptable in order to achieve successful integration.

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Alternatives to Time-outs: What Worked in My Classroom
Alternatives to Time-outs: What Worked in My Classroom
by Patricia Willis May 2017

Time-outs are not only ineffective; they can be damaging. Learn some alternative behavior correction options and take back control of your classroom without punishment.

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My Experience with Teacher Unions: The Good and the Bad
My Experience with Teacher Unions: The Good and the Bad
by Rachel Tustin May 2017

Experiences with teacher unions, for most educators, are a mixed bag of results. Depending on where you teach, your experience with unions may be positive or negative.

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How I Used Behavior Cards in My Classroom: What a Difference!
How I Used Behavior Cards in My Classroom: What a Difference!
by Amanda Johnson May 2017

More than 50% of productive class time is lost thanks to students misbehaving. This creates a need for a structured disciplinary system in the classroom. When used correctly, behavior cards can turn a chaotic classroom into a productive learning environment.

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How I Made My Class Eco-Friendly & Saved Money Too
How I Made My Class Eco-Friendly & Saved Money Too
by Amanda Johnson May 2017

Going green in the classroom is one of the best places to start when teaching children of all ages about environmental safety and health. Although it seems like a large job to tackle, starting small can make a big difference inside and outside the classroom.

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How to Deal with Rebellious (But Smart!) Students in Your Classroom
How to Deal with Rebellious (But Smart!) Students in Your Classroom
by Bill Sands May 2017

Problematic students with high intelligence levels make for a complex challenge in the classroom. To manage these students, you'll need to use a blend of compassion and creativity.

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Put Your Kids to Work in the Kitchen With These Fun Cooking Activities
Put Your Kids to Work in the Kitchen With These Fun Cooking Activities
by Bill Sands May 2017

Cooking in the classroom presents a valuable opportunity to teach your students a variety of skills. Use these lesson plans and recipes to create entertaining and informative activities for the entire class.

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How I Transitioned from Teaching in a Small Classroom to a Large One
How I Transitioned from Teaching in a Small Classroom to a Large One
by Rachel Tustin May 2017

For teachers, moving from smaller class sizes to larger ones can be a huge transition. It takes acquiring some new skills to be successful in larger arena, but once you have mastered them it can be a positive experience.

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What Every Principal Should Know Before a Budget Meeting with Stakeholders
What Every Principal Should Know Before a Budget Meeting with Stakeholders
by Bill Sands May 2017

A budget meeting is a high-stakes environment and principals will need to be prepared if they hope to achieve a resolution. By using these tips and strategies, you can ensure that your sessions are productive and beneficial for all parties.

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Improve Overall Behavior in Your Classroom: Detention Task Ideas & Tips
Improve Overall Behavior in Your Classroom: Detention Task Ideas & Tips
by Bill Sands May 2017

Detention is not only a means for punishing but also an opportunity to connect with your students. By providing students with an organized learning environment and reflective assignments, you can prevent future misbehavior.

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What I Wished I Knew about Psychological Differences Before Becoming Early Childhood Educator
What I Wished I Knew about Psychological Differences Before Becoming Early Childhood Educator
by Rachel Tustin May 2017

There is a special lure to teaching early childhood for teachers, such as no state testing and more play time in the classroom. However, there are some psychological challenges that you would need to be aware of before you chose to become a childhood educator.

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How Young Is Too Young to Start Learning Data Analysis?
How Young Is Too Young to Start Learning Data Analysis?
by Rachel Tustin June 2017

Data analysis can be a very complicated process for children to learn. However, when structured appropriately, students in a wide range of ages engage in data analysis activities.

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Pros & Cons of Teaching with Movies in the Classroom
Pros & Cons of Teaching with Movies in the Classroom
by Michele Vrouvas May 2017

Critics slam them as a waste of classroom time, but many teachers praise movies as an educational tool beyond compare. If you're not sure whether movies will enhance student learning, consider these arguments for and against their use.

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Getting Kids Excited to Learn about Climate Change: Tips & Tricks
Getting Kids Excited to Learn about Climate Change: Tips & Tricks
by Bill Sands May 2017

Climate change is a dynamic and complex topic that presents a challenge for teachers looking to maintain student engagement. But with proper planning and preparation, you can easily devise lesson plans that are both exciting and informative.

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What Every Teacher Should Know About Culturally Responsive Teaching
What Every Teacher Should Know About Culturally Responsive Teaching
by Rachel Tustin May 2017

Culture, whether we like it or not, plays a key role in teaching and learning in classrooms. As a teacher, we need to build our cultural responsiveness toolbox to assure that all students are successful in our classrooms.

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How ADHD Symptoms Can Differ in Boys & Girls: Tips for Teachers
How ADHD Symptoms Can Differ in Boys & Girls: Tips for Teachers
by Erin Riskey May 2017

Kids with ADHD aren't all the same, and girls and boys often exhibit very different symptoms. This post takes a look at these differences and offers some advice for teachers on how they can recognize symptoms and help ADHD students - both girls and boys.

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What You Should Know About Dyslexia Before You Start Teaching
What You Should Know About Dyslexia Before You Start Teaching
by Michele Vrouvas May 2017

You're familiar with the term 'dyslexia', but you're not yet sure how to tailor your classroom instruction for dyslexic students. Before you begin teaching, here's what you should know about this learning disorder that affects one in five Americans.

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Teaching Students with Disabilities: Strategies for Regular Classrooms
Teaching Students with Disabilities: Strategies for Regular Classrooms
by Patricia Willis April 2017

When students with disabilities enter the mainstream classroom, it can be a challenge for teachers. We examine some issues - and offer solutions - to help make teaching these special classes less stressful.

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Why Students Plagiarize and What to Do When You Catch It
Why Students Plagiarize and What to Do When You Catch It
by Bill Sands April 2017

Academic dishonesty is an unfortunate reality for many teachers. To learn how to best handle such problems, it's important to understand why students feel compelled to cheat in the first place.

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Should You Start Your Teaching Career at a Private or Public School?
Should You Start Your Teaching Career at a Private or Public School?
by Rachel Tustin April 2017

When you enter the teaching profession you have a lot of decisions to make, including whether you will teach at a public or private school. Both types of school offer benefits and challenges for teachers.

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What to Teach Kids About Memorial Day in the Classroom
What to Teach Kids About Memorial Day in the Classroom
by Bill Sands April 2017

Memorial Day presents a number of unique learning opportunities for students of all ages. Pick up some tips on how to best incorporate this important holiday into your classroom.

How to Support a Student Whose Parents Are Divorcing
How to Support a Student Whose Parents Are Divorcing
by Rachel Tustin April 2017

Students whose parents are divorcing face all sorts of challenges, both at home and at school. As teachers, we may be at a loss for how to help them through it. However, there are some specific strategies teachers can implement that will help the student feel supported at school.

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Using Social Media in the Classroom: Pros and Cons
Using Social Media in the Classroom: Pros and Cons
by Rachel Tustin April 2017

Social media can be a controversial topic in education. The reality is that there are practical benefits, as well as negatives teachers need to be mindful of when deciding whether or not to delve into social media with students.

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What You Can Do as a Teacher Who Is Bullied by Your Students
What You Can Do as a Teacher Who Is Bullied by Your Students
by Michele Vrouvas May 2017

Being bullied by your students can make you re-think your decision to become a teacher. Learn how to approach this alarming new epidemic and push back when it's you who is the target.

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What to Do When You Have a Bully in the Classroom
What to Do When You Have a Bully in the Classroom
by Rachel Tustin April 2017

Bullying is an unfortunately common occurrence in schools, and for a classroom teacher it can be challenging to know what to do. However, there are steps to take to help manage the situation when you find yourself with a bully in your classroom.

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Benefits of Peer Teaching: Ideas for Your Classroom
Benefits of Peer Teaching: Ideas for Your Classroom
by Bill Sands May 2017

As teachers, we need to incorporate all sorts of strategies to help our students be successful. Peer teaching is one strategy that builds not only content knowledge, but also student confidence.

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Ideas for Elementary School Classrooms with Students Who Have ADHD
Ideas for Elementary School Classrooms with Students Who Have ADHD
by Bill Sands April 2017

When teaching students with ADHD, it's important to have a well-stocked reserve of entertaining and informative activities to help them stay focused. Read on for some fun ideas that are sure to keep your students engaged.

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Use Pop Culture in Your Lessons to Engage Students
Use Pop Culture in Your Lessons to Engage Students
by Erin Riskey March 2017

When it comes to teaching your students, it can be very helpful to use lessons that they can relate to. Keep reading to learn how incorporating pop culture into your classroom can engage your students and make them more motivated learners.

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What to Do When Student-Centered Learning Isn't Helping
What to Do When Student-Centered Learning Isn't Helping
by Rachel Tustin March 2017

It is popular in schools across the country to make the leap from a teacher-centered to a student-centered model of instruction. Often though, educators end up feeling as if it isn't helping. When this happens, it requires deep reflection on the teacher's part to refine their student-centered toolbox.

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The Trick to Finding More Time for Collaborating with Other Teachers
The Trick to Finding More Time for Collaborating with Other Teachers
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant March 2017

Most teachers don't have a lot of extra time to work more with their peers, yet studies have shown that teacher collaboration leads to increased student achievement. Read on for tricks to finding more time to collaborate with other teachers, no time machine needed.

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Make Better Use of the School Library to Get Students Excited About Books
Make Better Use of the School Library to Get Students Excited About Books
by Amanda Johnson March 2017

If you're trying to find ways to encourage your students to read, why not try incorporating your school library into the mix? Discover how you can use your library and all of its resources to motivate your students to read.

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How to Squeeze the Most Value Out of Having a Teaching Assistant
How to Squeeze the Most Value Out of Having a Teaching Assistant
by Rachel Tustin March 2017

Some of us may have no idea what to do with our teaching assistant. In other cases, we may be tempted to let them do a bit too much of our teaching duties. Finding balance is key to squeezing the value out of having a teaching assistant in your classroom.

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Six Expert Tips for Integrating Technology into the Classroom for the First Time
Six Expert Tips for Integrating Technology into the Classroom for the First Time
by Howard Pitler February 2017

Technology is a great tool to add to your teacher toolbox. Before you make the leap into technology integration here are important tips to help you find success.

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Combat Boredom in the Your Elementary Classroom
Combat Boredom in the Your Elementary Classroom
by Bill Sands February 2017

Preventing boredom is an essential but difficult part of teaching. By identifying the causes of boredom, educators can keep students alert and focused. Let's explore some strategies for fighting boredom among your elementary students.

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Tips for Managing a Large Class Size
Tips for Managing a Large Class Size
by Zach Griffin February 2017

Every teacher knows that managing a classroom is one of the biggest parts of their job, and doing it properly fosters stronger learning environments. Yet, accomplishing that goal becomes increasingly difficult as class sizes grow. Here we'll discuss tips for managing larger class sizes to help you effectively reach your students.

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How to Incorporate Project-Based Learning in Your Classroom
How to Incorporate Project-Based Learning in Your Classroom
by Amanda Johnson January 2017

Project based learning (PBL) is a new way to teach students key skills in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, time management and more. With the right tools and guidelines, you can implement your own PBL teaching style into your classroom.

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Why It's Important to Evaluate Yourself as a Teacher
Why It's Important to Evaluate Yourself as a Teacher
by Rachel Tustin January 2017

It is easy as teachers to just start going through the motions in our classroom. Stress, fatigue, and numerous other factors can drive you to it. However, engaging in self-reflection is a way for teachers to continue to grow as professionals.

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5 Things to Know About Creating a BYOD Classroom
5 Things to Know About Creating a BYOD Classroom
by Amanda Johnson January 2017

The BYOD classroom promotes the use of personal electronic devices to further engage students and encourage interactive exploration of course materials. Here are five tips for creating a successful BYOD environment in your own classroom.

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Why You Should Implement Microlearning in the Classroom
Why You Should Implement Microlearning in the Classroom
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant February 2017

Microlearning, or small, focused lessons, may have gained popularity due to eLearning, but it can be incorporated into a variety of settings, regardless of grade level or subject area. Read on for more information about microlearning and how it can be implemented in your classroom.

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Tips for a Smooth Transition If You Need to Change Classrooms
Tips for a Smooth Transition If You Need to Change Classrooms
by Patricia Willis February 2017

Transitioning to a new classroom can be a headache if you aren't prepared, but with a few simple tricks, you can turn it into an adventure that even your students can get excited about.

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5 Leadership Qualities All Teachers Should Try to Emulate
5 Leadership Qualities All Teachers Should Try to Emulate
by Rachel Tustin January 2017

In order to improve education, our teachers need to exemplify the leadership qualities. These include being approachable and communicative, passionate, committed, and innovative.

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How to Get Back Into Your Teaching Routine After a Long Break
How to Get Back Into Your Teaching Routine After a Long Break
by Bill Sands January 2017

Extended breaks can be a good chance for teachers to recover, but they also pose a serious threat to your daily routine. Learning how to prevent such disruptions is an essential skill for all teachers.

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Using Technology Can Change Your Classroom for the Better
Using Technology Can Change Your Classroom for the Better
by Erin Riskey February 2017

If one thing is for certain, it's that technology has a major presence in the world today. It also doesn't seem to be going anywhere, so why not use it to your advantage in teaching? Learn how using technology can change your classroom for the better.

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Tips from Teachers on Staying Energized When the Going Gets Tough
Tips from Teachers on Staying Energized When the Going Gets Tough
by Jessica Lyons January 2017

Each year there are new teachers that already feel so burned out they decide to leave the profession. Study.com asked 2 expert teachers for their advice on maintaining your passion as a new teacher.

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Master Multitasking in Your Classroom to Amp up Efficiency
Master Multitasking in Your Classroom to Amp up Efficiency
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant January 2017

While teachers are required to multitask on a daily basis, there are ways to improve your multitasking skills, and times to avoid juggling multiple tasks, that will help increase classroom efficiency.

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7 Strategies for Developing Your Own Curriculum as a New Teacher
7 Strategies for Developing Your Own Curriculum as a New Teacher
by Amanda Johnson January 2017

Developing curriculum is a tough assignment for first year teachers. However, understanding what to expect and preparing ahead of time can be of great help. Here's a list of strategies for curriculum building from various teaching professionals.

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How to Work with Assistants & Other Adults in Your Classroom
How to Work with Assistants & Other Adults in Your Classroom
by Bill Sands January 2017

For busy teachers, classroom assistants can be a much-needed source of help. Learn how to maximize the effectiveness of your helpers for a smoother and more enjoyable classroom experience.

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How to Help Students Conduct Self-Assessments
How to Help Students Conduct Self-Assessments
by Rachel Tustin January 2017

We want students to self-assess, but the reality is that it doesn't happen by itself. Teachers need to create structures in their classrooms that provide opportunities for students to engage in meaningful self-assessments.

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You Can Advocate Effectively for Your Special Needs Students!
You Can Advocate Effectively for Your Special Needs Students!
by Bill Sands January 2017

Students with special needs receive assistance through federally-mandated education plans. Learn more about these education plans and explore how you can advocate for your special needs students by helping develop these plans.

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How to Teach Students with Different Learning Abilities
How to Teach Students with Different Learning Abilities
by Amanda Johnson January 2017

Teaching students on different learning levels can be difficult. However, learning to differentiate learning abilities can help teachers present materials in a way that will engage all students on all levels at the same time.

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Enhancing Your Instruction with Your Very Own Teaching Style
Enhancing Your Instruction with Your Very Own Teaching Style
by Rachel Tustin January 2017

Teaching style may be shaped by teacher training, but we each develop our own unique style of teaching over time. We have to learn how to channel our personal teaching style to meet student needs in the classroom. Let's explore how to use our teaching style to enhance instruction.

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Strategies for Getting to Know Your Students
Strategies for Getting to Know Your Students
by Erin Riskey January 2017

As you look over your class list, you might be wondering how in the world you'll get to personally know each student on it. Today, you'll learn some fun, easy, and effective strategies for getting acquainted with your students.

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5 Tips for Effective Teacher-Parent Communication
5 Tips for Effective Teacher-Parent Communication
by Bill Sands January 2017

Interacting with parents is an essential part of any teacher's job. Through effective communication, you can share feedback, gain insight, and improve student performance.

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Plan Ahead to Save Yourself Time & Stress During the Week
Plan Ahead to Save Yourself Time & Stress During the Week
by Bill Sands January 2017

If you're a teacher who constantly finds yourself pressed for time, you may benefit from planning ahead. Doing so can reduce stress, increase productivity, and make for a more enjoyable classroom experience.

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Understand How Your Students Read to Make Class Time More Effective
Understand How Your Students Read to Make Class Time More Effective
by Stuart Mayo July 2017

Reading is one of education's greatest drains of time. Helping your students read to learn (and learn to read) can help you overcome this potential pitfall to your class schedule or curriculum, using simple techniques that involve natural learning and gentle repetition.

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Classroom Layout Tips from Experienced High School Teachers
Classroom Layout Tips from Experienced High School Teachers
by Patricia Willis January 2017

Setting up your high school classroom can be a challenge, but these veteran teachers have figured out how to appeal to their students and make learning engaging on a budget.

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What Type of Teacher Are You?
What Type of Teacher Are You?
by Jessica Lyons January 2017

How well do you know what type of teacher you are? Use the below quiz to find out which teacher category you fall into.

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Changing Your Curriculum According to Classroom Observation Results
Changing Your Curriculum According to Classroom Observation Results
by Kyle Aken December 2016

Curriculum is a very critical aspect of institutional learning. While many curriculums are standardized, it is very important for all instructors to know what is and isn't working in their classroom. This makes classroom observation so important in curriculum differentiation. This method for gathering and analyzing data can help to curtail individual curriculums to enhance learning for both students and teachers.

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Using Positive Discipline Techniques in the Classroom
Using Positive Discipline Techniques in the Classroom
by Kyle Aken December 2016

Positive discipline is a more effective way to manage misbehaving students in the classroom, rather than using punishment or rewards. It allows students to learn and adapt their behaviors to meet expectations in the classroom, while simultaneously teaching them how to make better choices in their path to adulthood.

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Building a Support System at School as a New Teacher
Building a Support System at School as a New Teacher
by Rachel Tustin December 2016

As a new teacher, your first year in the classroom will challenge you in a variety of ways. It is important to actively build a support network within your school to help you be successful. There are key people to include in your support network that will help you grow as a teacher, and avoid burnout.

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Setting Up Your 2nd Grade Daily Class Schedule
Setting Up Your 2nd Grade Daily Class Schedule
by Irene Cooper December 2016

While it can be a challenge to fit everything into every day, the best 2nd-grade daily class schedule meets learning goals and maximizes student potential with a combination of whole-class instruction, small-group learning, and one-on-one attention. You can build a flexible schedule that gets the job done and leaves you and your students with some energy to spare.

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Managing Midterm Stress & Expectations as a New Teacher
Managing Midterm Stress & Expectations as a New Teacher
by Melissa Kreindel November 2016

For a new teacher, stress can escalate as the middle of the year approaches and you have to prepare your students - and yourself! - for midterm exams. Although midterms might leave you scrambling, you can get through this overwhelming time by managing your stress with these helpful tips.

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Tips for Dealing with Progress Reports & Parents' Reactions
Tips for Dealing with Progress Reports & Parents' Reactions
by Erin Riskey November 2016

When it comes to student progress reports, it can be hard to know the best approach for a) constructing them and b) dealing with parents' reactions once they have been completed and viewed. This post provides some usable tips that can help you with both aspects.

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Make the Most Out of Your Classroom Walkthrough Feedback
Make the Most Out of Your Classroom Walkthrough Feedback
by Patricia Willis November 2016

Once the walkthrough is over, the real fun begins. Use your walkthrough feedback to help improve your lessons and your teaching style for better student outcomes.

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How to Stop Stressing Over Your First Classroom Observation Debrief
How to Stop Stressing Over Your First Classroom Observation Debrief
by Patricia Willis November 2016

Your first classroom observation has come and gone and you can't stop thinking about the critique. Here are some tips to using it to your advantage and letting go of the stress you don't need

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Use Formative Assessments to Better Understand Every Student
Use Formative Assessments to Better Understand Every Student
by Rachel Tustin November 2016

Formative assessments are a powerful tool to understand our students better if we as teachers utilize them appropriately. They can take any number of formats, but it's how we analyze them as teachers that help us better grasp our students' strengths and weaknesses in the content.

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Can Student-Led Conferences Work for Elementary Students?
Can Student-Led Conferences Work for Elementary Students?
by Kyle Aken November 2016

While parents and students have been learning from teacher-led conferences for years, a surprising new strategy involving student-led conferences has been taking the contemporary education world by storm. So the question on everyone's mind is, is this an effective strategy?

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Take Advantage of & Benefit Significantly from Teacher Mentoring
Take Advantage of & Benefit Significantly from Teacher Mentoring
by Rachel Tustin December 2016

As a teacher, either a new teacher or an experienced one, sometimes working with a mentor is intimidating. In the long run, a mentor can help you improve your teaching practices no matter how long you have taught.

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Keep Group Work Exciting, Fair & Beneficial for All Students
Keep Group Work Exciting, Fair & Beneficial for All Students
by Rachel Tustin November 2016

Creating group work can present a challenge for teachers. You want to use some specific strategies to be sure that the work itself is engaging to students, while at the same time, the workload is fair amongst the students.

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Adapting Your Curriculum to Student Progress
Adapting Your Curriculum to Student Progress
by Stuart Mayo November 2016

Students learn in bursts of understanding and plateaus of information processing, and adapting your curriculum to their progress, whether slow or fast, can shorten the plateaus and increase the frequency with which they grasp new principles.

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Tips for Developing Student Outcome Goals That Focus on Results
Tips for Developing Student Outcome Goals That Focus on Results
by Patricia Willis November 2016

Developing well-defined goals can help your students achieve more and give you an additional tool to measure student success. Here are a few tips to get you started.

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A Letter to Teachers: So Teaching Isn't What You Expected
A Letter to Teachers: So Teaching Isn't What You Expected
by Patricia Willis November 2016

Your first year of teaching may not have been what you imagined, but don't give up just yet. Teaching can be a rewarding experience if you stick it out.

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Next Steps After You Get Your Teacher Observation Comments
Next Steps After You Get Your Teacher Observation Comments
by Bill Sands November 2016

Feedback and comments are an essential part of the teacher observation process. Learn how to use these notes to improve yourself and grow as a teacher.

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Take Advantage of In-Service Days to Improve Your Teaching
Take Advantage of In-Service Days to Improve Your Teaching
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant November 2016

There are specific ways for both new and veteran teachers to take advantage of all varieties of in-service offerings to improve teaching in real, tangible ways that will impact your classroom throughout the year.

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The Benefits of Active Listening in Parent-Teacher Communication
The Benefits of Active Listening in Parent-Teacher Communication
by Stuart Mayo November 2016

Active listening is an essential part of teaming up with parents to give their child opportunities to learn, opening a window into the home and family situation of your student, and finding unique ways to both work together with parents and find ways to improve your student's situation.

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Already Worried That You're Falling Behind? Here's Why You Should Stop Stressing
Already Worried That You're Falling Behind? Here's Why You Should Stop Stressing
by Patricia Willis October 2016

The effects of stress can be devastating to you and your students. Taking care of yourself and letting go of what you cannot change can go a long way towards helping you find the joy you've been missing

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Beginner's Guide to Using Student Data to Inform Your Teaching
Beginner's Guide to Using Student Data to Inform Your Teaching
by Rachel Tustin October 2016

As you went through teacher training, it is likely you spent some time with student data. However, once you are in your own classroom you will quickly realize that you have a plethora of data, and sometimes it's daunting to know where to start. Now, you must train your mind to collect and use student data to inform your instruction.

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3 Examples of Teachers Who Used Personalized Learning in the Classroom
3 Examples of Teachers Who Used Personalized Learning in the Classroom
by Irene Cooper October 2016

Personalized learning is an elastic phrase in education circles, used by different educators to describe a variety of approaches to teaching. Educators interested in adopting practical methods of personalized learning may ask, How exactly does that play out in a real environment, and who is using it? The following three teachers offer concrete examples of what personalized learning can look like in a classroom.

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Common Report Card Comments to Save You Time
Common Report Card Comments to Save You Time
by Patricia Willis February 2017

Don't fret over report card comments. You can use our examples or follow these links to some of our favorites to make the job faster, easier, and more constructive

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What You Can Do for a Fellow Stressed-Out Teacher
What You Can Do for a Fellow Stressed-Out Teacher
by Bill Sands October 2016

Teaching can be a stressful occupation, and it's important to support any peers who may be under pressure. Learn more about teacher stress and find out how to help out your fellow teachers.

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Advice for How to Prepare for Standardized State Testing with Your Class
Advice for How to Prepare for Standardized State Testing with Your Class
by Erin Riskey October 2016

Although often controversial, standardized state testing is an important part of education that should be taken seriously. This post provides some helpful advice and tips for preparing your class for that upcoming standardized test.

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How Active Listening Helps You Communicate Better with Students
How Active Listening Helps You Communicate Better with Students
by Stuart Mayo October 2016

For your students, active listening takes you from being an authoritarian preacher to being a conversation leader, and encourages them to join in on the conversation by setting a good example and building a relationship of trust.

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Advice for New Teachers Who Are Having Doubts
Advice for New Teachers Who Are Having Doubts
by Rachel Tustin October 2016

We all have days as teachers where we want to walk away from the profession. However, you can channel that doubt in a positive direction to address classroom issues and grow as a teacher.

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How to Get Your Students to Buy-in to Classroom Rules
How to Get Your Students to Buy-in to Classroom Rules
by Patricia Willis October 2016

Getting students to understand and accept classroom rules is the first step to harmony and an art that can be mastered with patience and a little help from the experts.

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How Do I Support Individual Learning Plans in Class?
How Do I Support Individual Learning Plans in Class?
by Patricia Willis October 2016

Tools and tips designed to help you provide support for students with ILP that benefit the entire class and keep you from becoming overwhelmed in the process.

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Mix Up the Daily Routine to Keep Your Students & Yourself Interested!
Mix Up the Daily Routine to Keep Your Students & Yourself Interested!
by Melissa Kreindel October 2016

One of the biggest complaints students have about school is that it's boring. And if your students are bored, then you're probably a bit bored too. (It's okay to admit it! We all get bored.) The best way to cure boredom, though, is to mix up your daily routine and try new things to keep your students on their toes.

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Setting Realistic Goals for Yourself & the School Year as a New Teacher
Setting Realistic Goals for Yourself & the School Year as a New Teacher
by Rachel Tustin July 2017

As new teachers, it is very easy to bite off more than we can realistically chew in our first year. This is true when it comes to the goals we set for ourselves and our students. As new teachers, we need to learn how to set specific, realistic goals for ourselves and our students.

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Motivating Your Students to Read Literature as a New English Teacher
Motivating Your Students to Read Literature as a New English Teacher
by Melissa Kreindel October 2016

Reading literature is essential to our lives, but motivating students to read can be challenging, especially as a new English teacher. That's why it's important to make sure, as a new English teacher, that you do everything you can to promote the importance of reading.

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Identifying & Helping Students Who Are Chronically Behind
Identifying & Helping Students Who Are Chronically Behind
by Patricia Willis October 2016

Practical tips to identify struggling students, formulate a plan of action, and give challenged learners the help they need to succeed in school and in life.

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How to Plan Successful Student-Led Conferences for Middle Schoolers
How to Plan Successful Student-Led Conferences for Middle Schoolers
by Rachel Tustin November 2016

As educators, we all have faced the challenge of motivating our students and empowering them to learn. If we are willing to let go of traditional parent conferences, student-led conferences are a powerful tool to have students set goals and take responsibility for their own learning.

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Is Teacher Burnout More Likely If You're an Introvert?
Is Teacher Burnout More Likely If You're an Introvert?
by Rachel Tustin December 2016

We often stereotype teachers into boxes of introverts and extroverts. In turn, we assume that introverts can't survive or even thrive in the classroom environment. While introverts do face certain challenges in the classroom, it is a more complicated issue of whether or not they are more likely to 'burn out' than their extroverted colleagues.

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What Administrators Look for During Classroom Walkthroughs
What Administrators Look for During Classroom Walkthroughs
by Melissa Kreindel October 2016

Classroom walkthroughs are one way administrators can get an idea about how teachers are instructing and how students are learning throughout the school. When an administrator enters a classroom, he or she will look for certain things to make sure the teacher is effective and the classroom is conducive to student learning.

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