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Loving the Unloveable Student

I recall clearly an experience I had early in my career that changed my perspective on teaching forever and made me an immeasurably better teacher. On the day before school started we received our class rosters in our mailboxes. I was … Continue reading

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No More Teaching

When thinking about teaching, many of us conjure images of a wise sage standing in front of a group of youngsters, dispensing knowledge as eager students absorb new enlightenment. In fact, Webster defines teach as “to cause to know something,” or “to … Continue reading

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What Students Want Us to Know

In all our talk about education reform, why don’t we listen to the group who is most affected by our actions: the students? Many schools administer surveys to various stakeholders, including students, on a sporadic basis in response to state or … Continue reading

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Motivate Students for “The Test”

With testing season on us, here are some tips for helping build enthusiasm and motivation for that high-stakes test: Parents write letters of encouragement for their kids to read. Pass the letters out on the first day of the test … Continue reading

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Can Students Help us Improve our Teaching?

When I was in the classroom teaching high school math and science, I made a practice of surveying my students at the end of each year to get feedback regarding how they perceived my effectiveness at a teacher. I realize … Continue reading

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Who Supports Teachers?

Our guest blogger today is Melodie, who sent us these comments: Education is a tough field! Before retiring, my husband was an administrator who intervened several times on the behalf of his teachers. I’m finding more parents are led by … Continue reading

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You are a Teacher

Stop right now and think about your favorite teacher. Who came to your mind? Why? Was it because you remember all the wonderful things you learned in his or her class? Or was it because he or she made learning … Continue reading

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Why Rich Parents Don’t Matter

Environment or genetics? Which plays the most important role in determining the mental ability of children? A recent study suggests that both can be important. Which one is most relevant depends on the economic status of families. Jonah Lehrer reports … Continue reading

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How Should Environmental Education be Taught?

Interest in environmental education is growing, but questions arise regarding how it should be incorporated into the curriculum. Some say the goal of environmental education should be to teach students about the interaction between the human and natural world and … Continue reading

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Prepare Students for Success on a Test

A middle school teacher shared with us her use of the acronym PIRATES to help her students develop test-taking skills. She trains her students to remember: P     Preview the test and Prepare for success. I     Inspect the Instructions on every … Continue reading

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