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Turning Points: One Teacher’s Timeline

I thought it would be interesting to trace back turning points in my teaching career--times when I had a breakthrough in teaching, met influential people, experienced intense, meaningful events or occurrences. Dictionary.com defines a turning point as “a time at which a decisive change in a situation occurs, especially one with beneficial results.”

Reflecting on turning points, in my opinion, can help connect the dots, to see how events are connected, and what molded and shaped our...

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Using the News in the Classroom: World...

 

World Oceans Day is June 8th...

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Teaching in Slow Motion

Japanese baseball legend, Tetsuharu Kawakami, dedicated himself to Zen Buddhism and was known for spending hours meditating and honing his concentration. He claimed that his focus was so powerful that, when batting, the “ball would just stop.”

While you may not be a Zen master, there is much benefit to exploring mediation and mindfulness practices in the context of teaching. Mindfulness, which involves intentionally paying attention to the present moment and becoming more aware of...

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5 Books That Help Students Manage...

Even for a 5th grader, Aidy was energetic. But today she could barely quiet her gangly limbs from tapping desks and rattling against her chair. She had waited all month to visit her mother in prison so when the day finally arrived, she was perfectly prepared with a tidy pink hair bow and tiny heeled dress shoes. As she crammed her coat into a messy locker, she confidently explained how her aunt would pick her up early from school and they would eat burgers wrapped in crinkly paper on the way...

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The Global Search for Education: Sharks...

“While human fatalities from sharks average six per year, humans kill 100 million sharks every year.” – William McKeever

“Kill sharks and you kill the marine ecosystem,” says William McKeever, whose ground-breaking book, ...

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Leprechaun Day is May 13th

Fun May Activity: Celebrate Leprechaun Day, May 13th.

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Supervising to the Top: Holding High...

There’s an expression in education known as “teaching to the middle.” This means gearing the majority of instruction and curriculum towards students performing at grade level or in the middle of the class.

I’ve never cared for this concept since I believe it produces a mediocre mindset in teaching, and thus, mediocre results.  Rather, I resonate with the idea of teaching to the top of of the class, which means setting the bar high and expecting students to eventually meet those...

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The School Year Is Almost Over, Now...

For most teachers, the last days of school are a frantic sprint of classroom tidying, teary goodbyes, and messy end-of-year parties. Teachers are usually too tired or too excited or too busy to take time for reflection. I get it; you really do have to track down that missing library book and account for all your curricular resources.

But when the dust settles and you’ve checked all the boxes on your classroom close-up list, carve out a few hours to systematically reflect before you...

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Space Day is May 3rd. Possible...

 
Space Day is May 3rd,...

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Just for Fun: Hair Factoids to Cause...

 
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