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Spring is Tulip Time. Show Kids that...

With spring, comes the sprouting of tulips. Personally, I love purple tulips. Although I try year after year to grow them in my gardens, the chipmunks seem to find them and haul the bulbs away! 
 
Tulips have a very interesting history. Sharing information about the history of the tulip is a great way to show...

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Every School Has a Culture

When you have people together for any amount of time, a culture emerges that consists of a set of customs, beliefs, values and norms. This culture can either create a sense of mutual purpose, a mission, a vision, values and goals or perpetrate discord. Every school has a culture whether you work on the culture or not (Barth, 2003). Culture cannot be seen but it is there. It is an important aspect of school.

Culture consists of the beliefs, feelings, behaviors, and symbols...

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April 16th: Save the Elephant Day!

ELEPHANT FUN FACTS! 
 
DID YOU KNOW?
1. Did you know that elephants can be right or left tusked,...

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Mentoring New Teachers - Develop Your...

Principals play a key role in facilitating the work of experienced teachers who serve as mentors, including preparing them for the role. Veteran teachers may have little experience with the core activity of mentoring---observing and discussing pedagogy with their colleagues.

Many teachers, especially those teaching in secondary schools, often work in isolation with little contact with their peers. This isolation, coupled with the lack of opportunity to observe and discuss each other’...

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The Global Search for Education:...

“Thirty years ago global warming was not widely understood,” observed Richard Robbins in our 2013 interview with him about his acclaimed film, Girl Rising. He believed the most powerful argument in favor of educating girls was as a strategy to eliminate global poverty.

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April Fool's Day: Great...

April Fools’ Day is coming.

I remember when I was young eager to tell my father that his shoes were untied so he’d look down and I could say,”April Fools Day”.

I remember kids calling the local zoo and asking for Mr. Peacock (or other resident of the zoo). Whispering to someone that they had a rip in their pants was also a popular thing to say to someone. Gluing a coin to the floor and seeing...

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Parent-Teacher Conferences

For many, many years parents have met with teachers to check their child’s progress at school. This could be meetings concerning academics, social, behavior, or a combination there of. Since the student’s progress is the focus of the meeting, who knows better about the situation than the parent and the student. This is particularly true if the teacher and student are planning, agreeing upon, and assessing the student’s learning progress.

Obviously, these conferences which include the...

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Pacing Yourself (as a Teacher)

I think this might be one of the least discussed, possibly most important, aspects of teacher preparation: learning to pace yourself on the job.

Student teachers study curriculum, classroom management, and other basics but how much time is dedicated to helping future teachers manage time and manage themselves? We know burnout in the profession is high; working on your feet all day, keeping up with students, planning for lessons, handling the pressures of paperwork, parents, school...

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The Global Search for Education: Are...

“We should be working harder to figure out how soon large-scale employment disruption will occur and exactly what income policies will be needed when the time comes.” — Elliott/Van Damme

Technological advances are going to change work skills in the future and leave certain kinds of workers unemployable. A new book, Computers and the Future...

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Developing a Mentoring Program for...

Mentoring is a relationship in which a more experienced person facilitates the broad development of a less-experienced person on a regular basis and over an extended period-of-time, as said by B.A. Lankford.

In its simplest form, a veteran teacher volunteers or is assigned to guide a novice teacher for a certain amount of time to help smooth the transition. How new teachers are mentored will likely determine how successful they become and how long they stay in the profession.

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The Global Search for Education:...

The Children in India 2012 study found that approximately 48% of India’s children are “stunted” and 20% are “wasted”. It also showed that 40% of children between the 5th and 7th grade dropped out of school. Most of these...

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