Non-verbal classroom management tips

This is the second post in the new series I’m introducing on The Cornerstone called Real Teachers, Real Tips. Each month, I’ll invite one educator to share a few classroom management tips that have worked in his or her classroom. I’m hoping to feature a wide cross-section of teachers from all different parts of the […]

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Real talk on how to make differentiation less time-consuming

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: Real teachers talk about differentiated teaching strategies that worked — and didn’t work — in their classrooms. Last season of the podcast, I introduced you to a new episode format I’m calling the Productivity Roundtable. I’ve always thought it would be really cool to get a group […]

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6 ways to prevent your students from misbehaving for other teachers

There are few things that annoyed me more as a teacher than picking up my students from P.E. or lunch (or having a small group return from a resource room pull-out class) only to discover that some students had been completely out of control while they were gone. With some classes I taught, it seemed […]

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Getting real about grit: 6 things every teacher needs to know

“Grit” is a huge buzzword right now that’s used to refer to perseverance and resilience. Many schools are rushing to adopt grit curriculums and character education programs so they can teach their students about how to put in the effort and determination that’s needed in order to be successful. But here’s the thing about grit. […]

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When your students misbehave for other teachers

I received a question about this topic through the anonymous form for Ask Angela Anything, and I thought it was such a common issue that I’d address it in its own post. KM writes: Usually my grade 3 students are very well behaved when I am teaching them, but if they go to specials, they […]

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Tips for Open House and Back to School Night

Learn how to prepare for a successful Back-to-School Night or Open House!  On this page (which has been excerpted from The Cornerstone book) You’ll find tips and tricks for making parents feel welcome, handling small children who attend, and creating an engaging and memorable presentation. Holding an informative, stress-free event for families Open House (or Back-To-School […]

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4 things your school psychologist wishes you knew about sped referrals…

My guest today is the school psychologist version of me. Dr. Rebecca Branstetter and I met about 12 years ago when we were both new to education blogging, and it’s been amazing how our life paths have paralleled in so many ways. She’s the author of the School Psychologist’s Survival Guide and several books on parenting […]

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4 myths about great teaching debunked

You might know Jennifer Gonzalez from her incredible website and podcast–both are titled Cult of Pedagogy and are a wealth of information on the topic she’s most passionate about (apart maybe from CrossFit). And that’s helping teachers develop and implement amazing lessons. Jenn draws from her experience as a high school English teacher and a […]

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The Warm Demander: How to raise expectations (and have students rise to meet them)

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: There’s a lot of research out there about what it means to be a warm demander but what I’m hoping to add to the conversation with this episode is a personal touch: What exactly does being a warm demander look like? “The warm demander” approach isn’t something that’s […]

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