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Recruiting to the Teaching Profession—and to Your School

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Aug 16, 2018

Teaching is a wonderful profession. I would even call it the best profession. It is full of challenges and “warts” like any other field, but there is really nothing like it. Regardless of whether we are teaching five-year-old students or fifty-year-old professionals, teaching starts with a lack of knowledge or skill and ends with something gained by the individual that cannot be taken away. Education opens doors, increases opportunity, and makes all of us better, more well-rounded human beings.

It is true that not every day in the classroom feels like this. Paperwork, meetings, and state mandates all distract us from the bottom line of kids learning and growing. In recent decades, the quantity of “other things” that teachers have to worry about and do has greatly increased.

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

How to Build Classroom Culture for the New School Year

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Aug 15, 2018

 
The start of the school year is the perfect time to set the tone and culture of a school and classroom. It's a time for fresh starts and stepping out on the right foot. As we welcome new students into our classrooms for the first time, the “culture” of the room starts to be built.

As a member of a school community, it is time to consider the kind of culture you want to create in your classroom. This could be a classroom culture or building culture. How do you want it to “feel” when students enter the classroom? What types of interactions do you want them to have, and what will the climate and culture of the classroom be?

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

Back to School: A Collection of Blogs to Get You Ready

Posted by Travis Rink on Tue, Aug 14, 2018

 

The new school year is quickly approaching, so you’re probably already thinking about all the things you need to do to be ready for that first day. Between working on your lesson plans, setting up your classroom, getting supplies, and learning your new students’ names, there is so much going on! 

Need help prepping for your return to the classroom? Check out these blogs for helpful teaching strategies, back-to-school deals, classroom tips, and more:

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Topics: back to school, Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

Setting Professional Learning Goals for Success All Year Long

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Aug 9, 2018

We know that teachers learn best, and are most motivated, when learning about a topic that is of high interest to them. Some trainings are required for all teachers and there isn’t any way around that, but much of what we do with professional learning tends to be “one size fits all” with little choice provided.

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Topics: Professional Development for Teachers, Administrator Resources

Make 3D Printing Work in the Classroom

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Aug 8, 2018

With the current trends of makerspaces and technology-rich classrooms being so popular, many teachers are looking to further engage students with 3D printers. This technology is cool and innovative, but teachers may have questions about how it will actually work in the classroom.

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Topics: STEM, STEAM

Atlanta Public Schools: 21st Century Classroom Transformation

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Aug 7, 2018

For years, Atlanta Public Schools used traditional whiteboards and Promethean boards to lecture students. “It wasn’t interactive or engaging at all,” says Aleigha Henderson-Rosser, Executive Director Instructional Technology. “It was no different than projecting onto a chalkboard.”

APS was ready for a change. In 2015, they began their quest for an effective 21st century classroom. After an extensive search involving participants from both technology and instruction, APS selected Boxlight’s interactive classroom as the foundational learning platform for middle and high school classrooms district-wide.

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Topics: Education Technology, Educational influencers

Back to School: Top Deals for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Aug 2, 2018

Summer break is flying by and school will be starting again before you know it! Teachers have enough to think about without worrying about spending too much on supplies for the new year. Before you restock your classroom (or your wardrobe!), check out these fantastic deals for teachers:

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Topics: tips for teachers

August Content, Tips, and Training for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Wed, Aug 1, 2018

You wake up from a deep sleep and take a look at the clock. Terrified, you quickly realize you’ve overslept—and it’s the first day of school! You quickly get ready, then out the door you go to get to school as quickly as possible. 

Once you’ve arrived, the realization that you aren’t ready for the first day of school hits. You have a class full of students waiting to meet their new teacher. It turns out that all the things you had prepared for your students don’t match up with the students you actually have in your class. You then realize that you don’t have lesson plans ready, nor do you have copies of activities ready to hand to students for a beginning of school activity. Overall, the first day so far has been a disaster and you are not prepared.

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Topics: tips for teachers

Professional Learning Communities: Is Yours on Target?

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Jul 31, 2018

Archery is a unique and popular sport in our school district. We have high numbers of students who participate in archery every year at both the state and national level. Archery has a lot of similarities to professional learning communities (PLCs)—stick with me and I think you will see the connection. 

There is a clear target that we are aiming for. We have tools in our hands that can help us to hit the target. Some tools are better than others, but a gifted artisan can do a great deal with any tools they handle. Small adjustments at the start of the process yield major impacts (both good and bad) when the target is reached (or missed). What that means is a tiny adjustment to an arrow or bow when shooting causes a big change in the outcome. Getting the arrow started in the right direction makes a huge difference in the success of the shot.

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

I Think I Can: How Teachers’ Beliefs Impact Student Learning

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Jul 26, 2018

This article could be very short. What makes teachers effective? One simple, truthful answer: Teachers believing that they can be effective.

It isn’t that easy—is it? In some ways, it is. A teacher’s belief in their own efficacy is the starting point for many things that follow: high expectations, connecting with all students, working hard, and collaborating as a professional. If we don’t believe that our work will actually make an impact, then many of these are a waste of time.

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Topics: tips for teachers

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