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Motivating Struggling Adolescent Readers: Try Relevance & Success
Posted on Jan 25, 2017
  • Louisa Moats
Tags
  • Education Technology
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers
Motivating Struggling Adolescent Readers: Try Relevance & Success

Teachers of adolescent poor readers often find that their students are willing to do anything BUT read and write. Getting students to believe that they can make meaningful progress—when all prior experience suggests they will not—and to work at something that has never been rewarding is a major challenge.

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How Can We Teach if We Don’t Take Care of Ourselves First?
Posted on Jan 18, 2017
  • Jeffrey Sprague
Tags
  • Classroom Management
  • General Education
  • Positive School Climate
  • Professional Development
How Can We Teach if We Don’t Take Care of Ourselves First?

We hear about the “school to prison pipeline,” and “trauma informed care” at a time when budgets are declining, and perhaps the students we receive at school are more challenging than we remember. Most teachers and administrators I work with agree with this, and yet we are all left wondering, “What are alternatives that work?”

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Typical and Maximal: Both Types of Performance are Important
Posted on Jan 11, 2017
  • Michael Milone
Tags
  • Assessment
  • Education Technology
  • General Education
Typical and Maximal: Both Types of Performance are Important

In the field of psychological testing, a difference exists between typical and maximal performance. When personality is measured, we hope to identify typical characteristics. When abilities are measured, we try to get subjects to do their best so we can understand what their maximal performance is.

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Starting Over: When to Push the Reset Button on Your Classroom Management Strategy
Posted on Dec 14, 2016
  • Josie Pack
Tags
  • Classroom Management
  • General Education
Starting Over: When to Push the Reset Button on Your Classroom Management Strategy

This first-year teacher sauntered into the school year with grand plans for community building, establishing norms, and a seamless implementation of a fool-proof classroom management strategy. Well, can you guess what happened?

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Top 5 Tech Tools for the Classroom
Posted on Dec 7, 2016
  • Alexandria Mooney
Tags
  • Education Technology
Top 5 Tech Tools for the Classroom

Being a technology teacher, I try to look for tools that engage my students. Some of these tools lend themselves very well to being the foundation of a project, while others serve as brain breaks or class activities.

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Making Sense of Close Reading in the Intermediate Grades
Posted on Nov 30, 2016
  • Nancy Boyles
Tags
  • General Education
  • Literacy
  • Professional Development
  • Struggling Readers
Making Sense of Close Reading in the Intermediate Grades

I learned more about close reading and saw that it truly did push teachers and students to a whole new level of rigor. I learned there are a few principles and practices that when applied well will make teaching the process of close reading achievable for teachers and the outcomes of close reading meaningful for students.

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