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Teachers Really Matter! Always!​
Posted on Feb 8, 2017
  • Janet R. Macpherson
Tags
  • Education Technology
  • General Education
  • Positive School Climate
  • Struggling Students
Teachers Really Matter! Always!​

Teaching is one of the most complex and challenging professions. For the most part, individuals who can’t stand the heat will leave the profession pretty quickly, ensuring that those who make a career of teaching do so because they believe teaching is a calling.

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The Kids Do Care: The Importance of Student Input on Testing
Posted on Feb 1, 2017
  • Michelle George
Tags
  • Assessment
  • Common Core
  • General Education
  • State Standards
The Kids Do Care: The Importance of Student Input on Testing

A common complaint about standardized assessments in this time of high-stakes testing is that while teachers and administrators are held accountable, students are not. Of course, teachers must be responsible, but by leaving learners out of the conversation, students often are not vested in the process.

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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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