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Practicing Counterarguments in the Classroom

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Jun 19, 2019

Students should argue more in the classroom. You may be thinking, “Wait...what?” as you read that. Most teachers probably think their students argue enough already, but constructing an argument in the academic sense is one of the important Common Core standards. This isn’t a traditional “you cut in front of me in line” argument, but one that is written to “argue” a point of view about a topic.

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Topics: tips for teachers

The Power of Belief

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Jun 13, 2019

Educators tend to focus on what students know in school. We teach, we test, and we intervene if needed. We also take into consideration the social and emotional wellbeing of students, caring about their socialization and their effort. But one of the most foundational factors in a student’s future is often ignored. One thing that, when changed, can literally change the course of a person’s life: their belief.

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Topics: education industry, Educational influencers, tips for teachers

10 Summer Opportunities for Teachers to Recharge and Learn

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, Jun 12, 2019

Summer vacation is a great time for educators to get some much-needed rest and relaxation after a busy school year and intense testing season. However, getting too relaxed can make for a rough transition into the next school year. To take full advantage of your well-deserved free time, it’s important to fill your summer with productive, fun, and fulfilling activities that will leave you refreshed and ready to dive into another great year come fall.

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

The Curriculum Question

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Jun 11, 2019

A student is sitting down to eat a “meal” of information that has been prepared for them. One teacher offers them a homemade meal as a chef would, with different ingredients pulled together to create the meal. Another teacher produces a quick ready-made meal that has been provided for them (think Hamburger Helper). The student is offered both meals—which will they eat? 

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Topics: curriculum, tips for teachers

The Summer Slide: Teacher Edition

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Wed, Jun 5, 2019

You have no doubt let your parents know about the dreaded summer slide: That time when students can lose progress during the summer months. And I'm sure you have also let them know the importance of practicing those skills over the summer so students can start off the new school year ready and raring to go. 

But what about us teachers? What should we make sure doesn’t take the proverbial slide over the break? And are there some things we should let slide away into the summer abyss?

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

June Tips and Training for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Tue, Jun 4, 2019

As the school year comes to an end, you (and your students!) might be feeling ready to wind down and get summer started. But the year isn’t over just yet! Keep your students engaged and learning until the last day with our collection of themed lesson content for June: 

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Topics: Professional Development for Teachers, tips for teachers

Research Series Part 2: Helping Students Be Successful at Researching

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, May 23, 2019
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End of Year Deep Thoughts: Why I Love Teaching

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Wed, May 22, 2019

As we count down the final days of school, I always like to stop and reflect. Yes, I am tired and probably looking a little haggard, but I really love my job. And I’m not just saying that because June and July are right around the corner!

Teaching truly is a wonderful profession, and here’s why (in case you need reminding!): 

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Topics: tips for teachers

Numbers and Grades: Finding Meaning From the Scores

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, May 21, 2019

Your child comes home from school and on their paper is a single number: 9. Should you punish or reward them? Call the teacher? Call a tutor? 

The answer is pretty obvious: we don’t know. A single number doesn’t really make any sense without having some context. Was it 9 out of 10 or 9 out of 100? Was it a score for points or a score from a rubric? We need more information to know what the number actually means.

The next questions for the teacher and the student are “How does this impact grading?” and “What do the numbers even mean when it comes to the grade?” Again, a number with no context doesn’t mean much. But in order to create meaning from this number, we need to start with what the number actually means once it is turned into a grade. 

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Topics: classroom assessment, tips for teachers

Research Series Part 1: Why Researching Is So Hard for Our Students

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, May 16, 2019

Teaching students how to research is more difficult than it has ever been. Common Core standards emphasize research skills, which help to support complex and critical thinking for our students. It’s a good thing to teach, but can be a very hard thing to learn. There are many reasons for this challenge, as well as why it’s getting harder all the time for our kids.

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Topics: tips for teachers


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