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Every couple of episodes on this season of the Truth for Teachers podcast, I’m going to be featuring coaching calls. I’m answering teachers’ specific questions about productivity, balance, and managing it all. Think of it as instructional coaching and life coaching rolled into one–and you get to listen in! The teachers you’ll hear me talk […]

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smartamp

Smart Technologies has just released the powerful new SMART Learning Suite…and it’s a set of resources any teacher can use, regardless of whether you have a SMART board or any interactive whiteboard at all! The SMART Learning Suite works with any internet connected devices, so it’s compatible with whatever technology you already have in your classroom. Chromebooks, tablets, […]

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From burnout to Teacher of the Year: Pam

I got an email a few months ago from a woman named Pam Gresser. She wrote, I’m starting my 20th year teaching and 2 years ago, I didn’t know how much longer I could go on. I read your book Unshakeable: 20 Ways to Enjoy Teaching Every Day…No Matter What and it truly changed my […]

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20 ways to enjoy teaching every day…no matter what

Are you in need of an extra burst of encouragement, motivation, and inspiration? In my latest book Unshakeable: 20 Ways to Enjoy Teaching Every Day…No Matter What, I’ve identified twenty different strategies for enjoying teaching on a daily basis. Each one is a different chapter in the book: The idea behind Unshakeable is that you don’t have to wait for teaching […]

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Teachers, you are on the front lines as defenders of truth. Our students need you more than ever.

I can’t begin a new season of a podcast called TRUTH for teachers without acknowledging the changes that have occurred since Season 4 ended two months ago. I think we had all hoped that after the US election, some of the division we were feeling in our country would die down a bit, and the constant […]

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9 ways to create tomorrow's classrooms today

On Saturday, May 20th, 2017, I’ll be giving the keynote address at #TCT17, the third annual “Tomorrow’s Classrooms Today” conference.  It’s an intense one-day conference packed with a variety of sessions facilitated by educators from across the country.   Since its inception, TCT’s developers have pursued the goal of connecting educators and technology to enhance […]

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#weholdthesetruths

This weekend was packed full of hugely important events in our nation’s history, and students are going to show up Monday morning with a wide range of emotions, questions, and thoughts that need to be expressed. That’s why I’m collaborating with hundreds of other TeachersPayTeachers sellers to offer FREE curriculum resources which help you support kids in […]

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Free webinar on teacher productivity

I recently ran a free live webinar called How to Trim an Hour (or More) Off Your Workweek NOW, and it has been so much fun to share ideas with teachers in real time online. One teacher who attended said that the training was absolutely life-changing for her, and since I’m only offering it this week, […]

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We’re about to head into the time of year when everyone’s thinking about resolutions, new habits, getting healthier, and making better choices. It’s the same thing we say we’re going to do every year. And most of this just turns out to be wishful thinking. We don’t stick with it. We return right back to these bad […]

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Dr. Leonard Sax’s Truth: What teachers need to know about the gender gap, disengaged boys, and girls in crisis

I recently heard physician, psychologist, and author Dr. Leonard Sax talking on NPR about how our schools are failing boys. I was absolutely fascinated by his insights, and was thrilled when he agreed to be a guest on my Truth for Teachers podcast. Listen in as I chat with Dr. Sax about the challenges boys are […]

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5 of your trickiest teacher co-worker problems solved

Though each school has it’s own unique dynamics between teachers, I’ve discovered that there are a couple common threads between the typical dilemmas. Read on as I address the five of the most common–and most difficult–teacher co-worker problems. Scenario 1: Your coworkers pop over on a daily basis to say, “So, what are we doing […]

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How to start a Girls Who Code free afterschool program in your community

According to LinkedIn, the most in-demand skill for 2017 will be computing. This comes as no surprise since tech jobs have become the highest paid in the US and in other parts of the world. Sadly, despite the rising number of people going into computing, less than a quarter are females…and that number is actually on the decline. With […]

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Marjan Ghara, CEO of a start-up called BiblioNasium, works at the dining room table of her apartment with her daughter Leyli Granmayeh, 10, and son Nader Granmayeh, 12, who perform quality assurance tasks and provide feedback.  BiblioNasium is a kids

Today I’ve invited Marjan Ghara to guest post on the blog to share what she’s experienced through her work with young children and apps. Marjan is the Founder & CEO of Biblionasium.com, the largest and fastest growing digital platform that supports and promotes independent reading for K-8 students. The multiple award-winning COPPA-compliant site helps librarians and teachers […]

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How to undo your classroom management mistakes

I remember volunteering at my church’s Sunday School program many years ago and filling in as the assistant to one of the second grade Sunday School teachers. There were 29 kids in a very tiny, windowless classroom, and we were about to serve them animal crackers and juice. I had prepared 29 little portions plus […]

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Class Creator: An easier, more effective way to determine student class placement

I can recall spending ridiculous amounts of time with my third grade team trying to provide input on student placement for our kids when they moved to fourth grade. Who should be together? Who HAS to be separated? Which child would do best with this teacher? Which child absolutely can NOT be placed with that teacher? […]

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genius hour

Genius hour is a movement in schools that allows students to explore their own passions. The concept for Genius Hour is derived in part from the idea of “20% Time.” This is Google’s work structure for its employees, who are allowed to spend 20% of their time on projects they design and are interested in. […]

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pd credits

There are lots of online options for teachers to get continuing education credits–but how do you know if a site is a legitimate? When CE Credits Online reached out for help in promoting their courses, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to take a thorough look at the availability and types of courses, user […]

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The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club

The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club provides professional development on productivity to educators who want to focus on what REALLY matters, both in and outside of the classroom. Thousands of teachers have already starting trimming hours off their workweek by getting organized, streamlining routines, giving kids ownership of the classroom, and being truly intentional about […]

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4 ways to stop procrastinating and get things done

This week, we’re tackling one of the most vicious struggles for many of us–procrastination. I’ve spent a lot of time observing what causes procrastination and what prevents it because this is such a deep and pervasive problem for me personally. It’s something I have always struggled with, and probably always will. I haven’t found that procrastination […]

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keeka

Raising money for field trips, extracurricular activities, and classroom project can be a huge hassle for parents and teachers. Every year, many schools resort to classic fundraising events such as bake sales, handmade crafts, or peddling items that no one really wants or needs. While these activities can generate some money, relying on them to produce […]

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