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Tales of a Gifted Ed Resource Teacher -...

In this installment, I write about the themes I discovered in my story of working as a gifted education resource teacher. Essentially, I experienced much frustration until I learned to first collaborate with classroom teachers, until I gained their trust and respect, only then could I begin to share my expertise. Interspersed in the writing are journal reflections and e-mails, which convey my thoughts and emotions at the time of the experience.

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Aviation Day is August 19th. Possible...

Did you know that people actually thought that the airplane would have no real purpose? WOW...were they wrong! On...

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Tales of a Gifted Ed Resource Teacher-...

Note: This article first appeared in The Qualitative Report. This is the first installment of a series on working as a resource teacher of gifted education. I am sharing a modified-version of this article in pieces because I think it sheds might light on the challenges that teachers face collaborating together—when one “has” their own classroom and the other...

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Ways to Use White Boards in Your...

whiteboards and read aloudsWhiteboards, or dry erase boards, are such a versatile and helpful classroom tool. They're a great way to reduce paper use, do a quick, informal assessment, and give your students a chance to quickly...

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World Elephant Day is August 12th:...


 

World Elephant Day is August 12th and April 16th is...

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Using the News in the Classroom: NASA...

 
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A Vision for the Classroom

Years ago, a mentor gave a very useful suggestion. He told me to visualize what my ideal classroom would look like. Not just the decorations on the wall and the seating arrangement, but all the aspects of my “ultimate classroom,” including how the students behaved, what the learning looked like, how I was teaching each day, my interactions with parents, and the kind of academic (and social/emotional) results I would achieve. It was a powerful exercise.

I was recently reminded of the...

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Back to School: Word Walls & Take...

So, word walls… I can sum this one up in four words...

Are you ready?

Kids. don’t. use. them.

Yep, I said it! Let’s keep it real. While the idea of a word wall is a good one, in practice, I just have not found them to be a very effective tool for my students. Even if my words are huge, even if we practice using it together, even if they help me make it, a typical word wall just doesn’t do the trick.

Why? I...

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Cool Ice Cream Facts for National Ice...

COOL facts about Ice Cream

Did you Know that JULY is National Ice Cream Month in the USA? It was established by President Ronald Reagan, in 1984. National Ice Cream Day is the 3rd Sunday in July. Learn some fun facts about ice cream!

1. One scoop of ice cream needs about 50 licks to finish.

2. The Chinese...

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In the News: Flamingo Spotting!

Wildlife officials in south Texas spotted a flamingo. It’s a rare sighting as flamingos...

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Tales of a Gifted Ed Resource Teacher -...

In this installment, I write about the themes I discovered in my story of working as a gifted education resource teacher. Essentially, I experienced much frustration until I learned to first collaborate with classroom teachers, until I gained their trust and respect, only then could I begin to share my expertise. Interspersed in the writing are journal reflections and e-mails, which convey my thoughts and emotions at the time of the experience.

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