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Benefits of Co-Teaching

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Wed, Nov 14, 2018

Co-teaching can be a very effective way to teach students. This concept can be defined as two teachers collaborating to design, implement, and assess instruction. There are various ways to co-teach: one teaches while one observes; one teaches while one assists; parallel teaching, where the class is split into two groups and presented the same information; station teaching, where two teachers are at different stations and students move to each station for instruction; alternative teaching, where one teacher pulls a small group of students for intense instruction while the other teaches the whole group; and team teaching, where two teachers teach the same content at the same time.

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Topics: tips for teachers

It All Starts With a “Why?”

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Nov 13, 2018

In any organization, as it develops, grows, changes, and evolves, the mission of the institution can alter and change. This can be a natural progression and part of what makes an agile group successful. It is also true that as change happens, the original vision for why it all began can get lost and forgotten. 

This has also happened in schools. We are good at using textbooks, integrating technology, and differentiating instruction. We can find amazing Pinterest fonts and spend our salary on Teachers Pay Teachers. But in the end, do we remember why we are doing all of it?

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

Share With Your Students: 5 Ingredients for a Positive Online Presence

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Nov 6, 2018

In an age where we communicate online more than ever before, it’s important to be aware of the footprint you’ve left behind on the web. Social media has the power to be a positive social and professional outlet, but only with responsible use. As important as it is for everyone to be mindful of their online footprint, it’s especially important to teach the next generation how to carefully curate their online presence.

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Topics: tips for teachers, Administrator Resources

November Lessons and Training Tips for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Nov 1, 2018

Gobble gobble! There is so much to be thankful for this time of year as we get ready to gather around the table with our family and friends. But until the big day rolls around, there’s still plenty of learning to be done! Here is our collection of themed content to help you keep students engaged all month long:

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Topics: tips for teachers, Lessons, Training

Observing Other Teachers: A Different Kind of Professional Development

Posted by Crysta Baier on Wed, Oct 31, 2018

On September 24, my district had an in-service day. The homeroom teachers in my building were piloting a new writing program and were asked to attend a training. This left specialist teachers with nothing to do, as we would not need to be trained on this new program.

We were all wondering what our duties would be for the day when we received an email from our principal encouraging us to make arrangements to observe in another district for the day. She proceeded to help us find schools to host us—fellow teachers will understand why this was amazing. When do we ever have the time to go to other districts without painstaking measures of using personal days and arranging for subs? And how many of us have principals who understand the importance of observing others in our same content area?

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Topics: tips for teachers, Training, Professional Development for Teachers

Rocking Classroom Transitions

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Oct 30, 2018

It’s that time again—time to move on to the next activity or learning opportunity. It is time to transition! These can be stressful times in a classroom, when disruptions increase and learning decreases. Transitions are a natural part of any classroom, so how can teachers capitalize on the opportunity to smoothly move on to the next activity and maybe learn something at the same time?

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Topics: tips for teachers

My Many-Colored Classroom Days (or How to Manage a Classroom)

Posted by Crysta Baier on Wed, Oct 24, 2018

When I began my career in education, the current theory was “Don’t smile until December.” I tried that, and I can tell you it didn’t work. The way to manage a class isn’t to pretend to be stoic and uncaring—you need to get to know your students and learn techniques to create a positive learning environment. Both rookie and veteran teachers alike benefit from learning and relearning classroom management strategies. Here are five online resources to help you with your management techniques. I hope they can be of use to you.

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Topics: tips for teachers

Part 2: Trauma Informed 101

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Oct 18, 2018

Trauma Responsive: Best Practices for All Students 

In the first part of our trauma-informed series, we defined the term and discussed best practices for working with students in trauma. For many educators, after we read the research supporting trauma-informed practices, we are quickly convinced that we need to act. The data strongly supports intervening early for students and with a therapeutic approach (instead of a punitive one). 

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Topics: tips for teachers, Administrator Resources

6 Tried & True Tech Solutions to Classroom Problems

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, Oct 17, 2018

With the variety of options available today, education technology is increasingly becoming the solution to everyday classroom issues that teachers have struggled with for years. However, the wide range of EdTech solutions available can make it difficult to choose what will work best for your students—and experimentation with different products isn’t always possible with your school’s budget.

To help you make the best decision for your classroom, we’ve compiled a list of six tried-and-true tech solutions that other educators recommend to solve your everyday classroom problems:

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Topics: tips for teachers, Administrator Resources

The Education Pendulum

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Oct 11, 2018

For those teachers who have been in the field of education for a while, we often feel that the pendulum in the larger world of education is swinging back and forth all the time. For a few years we will head in one direction, and then for the next few years we will head back in another direction.

Why do they feel this way? There are a number of reasons for it—some are simple, while others are more complex. Here are a few: 

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Topics: tips for teachers


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