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Steve Haberlin is a Ph.D student at the University of South Florida, where he also works as a teaching assistant, supervising and teaching pre-service teachers. Steve holds a master's degree in gifted education from U.S.F. and has worked with gifted students for seven years in various classroom models. His research has been published in Gifted & Talented International, Childhood Education, and The Qualitative Report.
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Let me start by saying I certainly don’t have all the answers when it comes to education. I, do, think, however, after spending many years working as an educator, writing, and researching about the topic, I have some ideas. We don’t have to search...
I never saw great value in being formally observed by an administrator or peer-evaluator, receiving some feedback and never hearing from them again. As an elementary teacher, that just didn’t feel like the best approach. Sure, I received direct...
I often believe we are academically restricting students on a daily basis. In our efforts to make learning gains and boost test scores, we have narrowed our view of learning and understanding, and thus, severely restricted the ways students can...
If you’ve been in education for any length of time, you know you can count on one thing: things are going to change. The latest, greatest educational reform-whether if it comes from the federal, state or local level (or all of them) will surely...
Mentor teachers play a significant role in helping to prepare new teachers for the profession. The rewards for hosting a student teacher in your classroom can be many: benefiting from their enthusiasm and energy, feelings of satisfaction as you see...
We called it our “office.” I use quotation marks, because like most teachers, we didn’t actually have an office. My two colleagues and I would regularly meet between two classrooms, where the restrooms were. Whenever one of us got stressed, we...
As a supervisor for pre-service teachers, part of my role involves helping them prepare for job interviews. Facing principals and other school administrators in an effort to land a job can be a very nerve-wracking experience.  One of the best ways I...
Please go ahead and finish this statement: a gifted student is like… What did you say or write? What images did your simile draw upon? Do you view gifted students as “shining star,” “shooting rockets,” or “diamonds in the rough?” If your similes...
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...
During their preparation years, teachers likely learn to ensure that assessment appropriately aligns with learning objectives. However, the words real-world and authentic are often also associated with assessment. While it sounds nice, just how do...

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