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A bright idea for responding when kids say “I don’t know”

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Sometimes an “I don’t know” comes from a child waving his or hand wildly, desperate to be called on, only to be at a loss for words once acknowledged. Sometimes you hear “I don’t know” because the child is shy, embarrassed to talk, or unsure of the answer. And sometimes “I don’t know” is said […]

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Alternatives to classroom teaching: 15 other rewarding jobs in education

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You love to teach and you love making a difference for kids. You can’t imagine working in any other field but education. But what happens when you start to feel burned out by the profession or want a different challenge? What other meaningful careers exist in education besides classroom teaching? I’ve created this list of […]

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Making eBooks better curriculum tools with Classroom Connections

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This is a sponsored guest post by Mitch Coulter, a former middle and high school science teacher who now works as Product Manager at Follett School Solutions. Mitch helps educators across the country learn how to integrate eBooks into instruction in order to meet Common Core State Standards and goals specific to the needs of individual schools and districts. […]

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The best teacher freebies for April

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Here are some free PreK-12 activities and resources for spring, Passover, Easter, Earth Day, Arbor Day, and general use for the month of April. Teachers will be adding new resources to this page throughout the week, so be sure to check back to see what’s new. Don’t miss the last section which has freebies that are […]

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10 classroom routines that get kids talking (and writing) about math strategies

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Most kids find it challenging to explain how they solve math problems and to put what they know about math into words. These ten simple classroom routines can help make math talk a regular part of your day: 1) Start your math block with a strategizing session instead of a traditional warm-up problem. Rather than […]

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Secrets of teachers who love their jobs: focus on a child you can really help

secrets from teachers who love their jobs

Sometimes I feel like my blog and the web in general are filled with posts that only address how challenging teaching is, and neglect the fact that it’s also incredibly rewarding and enjoyable. I want to spread the word to discouraged teachers: there is still hope for you in this profession. So, this monthly post series […]

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7 ways to get students excited about reading

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This guest post is sponsored by SNAP Learning. With mobile devices and video games competing for students’ free time, getting your students excited about reading can be a daunting task for even the most determined teacher. Here are some ideas to inspire your students to get back to books: 1) Become a Book Character: Get […]

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One word that holds the secret to passionate teaching

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Last year at the ASCD conference, there was a tremendous amount of buzz around the term the whole teacher: just as teachers are tasked with developing the whole child, principals are increasingly being tasked with developing and supporting the whole teacher. This year, I would sum up the ASCD conference in a single word that takes […]

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Daniel Pink at ASCD: why being persuasive in the classroom is more important than ever

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What percentage of your time is spent convincing people to give up something they value (like time, energy, attention, or money) in exchange for something you offer? This was the question posed by Daniel Pink, the first keynote speaker at this year’s ASCD conference in Los Angeles. He shared a study where 7,000 Americans participated, and […]

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Dear students: you are so much more than a test score

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The following true story made the rounds in social media this fall, but I wanted to share it with you now in the spring as so many of us suffer through “testing season” and anxiously await the return of standardized test scores. An elementary school principal sent this message to all her students during the week […]

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A bright idea for breaking the nagging cycle

behavior management

Every teacher has fallen into the trap of repeating directions we’ve given a million times. Kids already know what they should be doing, so they tune us out. We say it again, they ignore it again. And we go home at the end of the day exhausted because we’ve spent our time trying to control […]

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Some teacher humor for your weekend

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The logic behind the “illogical” mindset of students and families in poverty

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One of my first teaching experiences, over a decade ago, was in a HeadStart program located in a dense urban area. I loved working with my students’  families and became pretty friendly with a parent who would often confide in me about personal and financial issues. She told me how she had trouble paying her […]

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The best teacher freebies for March

best teacher freebies

Here are some free PreK-12 activities and resources for St. Patrick’s Day, Dr. Seuss’ birthday, spring (if it ever comes this year!), and general use for the month of March. Teachers will be adding new resources to this page throughout the week, so be sure to check back to see what’s new. Don’t miss the last […]

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6 keys to staying current & informed about tech in the classroom

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Note: This guest post is sponsored by California Baptist University (CBU). There are links to lots of helpful resources within the post, and I have personally checked each one to make sure it leads to a reputable site. Also, there are no affiliate links, which means that neither CBU nor I receive compensation if you […]

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Win a $25 TeachersPayTeachers gift card–just in time for Thursday’s big sale!

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There are now 3 million registered educators at TeachersPayTeachers, and in honor of that, TPT is throwing a huge sale this Thursday and Friday. You can use the discount code TPT3 to get 28% off my entire store. I know it’s tough to pay for classroom resources out of your own pocket, so I’m giving […]

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Secrets of teachers who love their jobs: always be a learner

secrets from teachers who love their jobs

A few weeks ago, I published an article called 7 ways for teachers to beat the Sunday blues. It was shared over 12,000 times on Facebook, which gives you an idea of how many teachers can relate to that feeling of work-related anxiety on the weekends. But a handful of teachers on social media commented that […]

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There is still hope for you in this profession: a message for disheartened teachers

rants and reflections

I know that so many of you are frustrated, tired, and worn down. You’re tired of testing your students to death, of not having support from your administration or parents, and trying to understand curriculum and teacher evaluation systems that seem designed to trap and fail you. This breaks my heart. My friends, I’m begging you […]

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5 clever ways to store and organize student materials

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I’m always amazed at all the different systems teachers create to help their students organize materials. I see so many great ideas passed around in the Encouraging Teachers Facebook group that I asked to share a few of them here. Katie T uses magazine storage containers as kids’ work buckets. Students store iPads, head phones, and […]

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