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A New Year

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Thu, Jan 9, 2020

Happy New Year! I can’t even believe it—where has half the school year gone? Hopefully, you have just enjoyed a restful holiday and are gearing up for the second semester. Resolutions seem to be a thing of the past these days, and focusing on a single word is now the way to go. It’s less pressure, but still gives you something to work toward.

What better word to focus on for the new year than the word “new” itself? Webster defines new as: not existing before; made, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time.

Here are a few ways to adopt some newness into your life in 2020:

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Putting Students at the Center of Learning

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Jan 8, 2020
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January Tips and Training for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Mon, Jan 6, 2020

It’s hard to believe that the year 2020 is finally here—a new decade full of new promises has arrived, bringing great opportunities! Those opportunities include new ways to engage your students with content, classroom technology, and learning experiences.  

Here is our collection of engaging content to kick off the new year:

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Topics: Professional Development for Teachers, tips for teachers

The 4 Ms of Supporting Personalized Learning

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Mon, Dec 30, 2019

With all that's been said about how we can include students in the process for helping to design—and therefore improve—student learning, there must be a good reason to do it. I always discourage teachers from following educational fads. They might seem great at first, but with all the time required to change course, we only want to do so with a proven strategy.  

So why should teachers begin to personalize learning for students? I use these four Ms when thinking about personalized learning: motivation, metacognition, modeling, and making connections.

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Topics: tips for teachers, Personalized Learning

Holiday Break Activities for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Mon, Dec 23, 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: winter break! School is officially out—and students aren’t the only ones who get to have some fun!

Want to make sure you maximize your time away from the classroom? Here are our top picks for holiday break activities for teachers:

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Topics: tips for teachers

6 Easy Reads for Winter Break

Posted by Travis Rink on Wed, Dec 18, 2019

As the first half of the school year is coming to an end, your life is likely full of grading final papers, administering end-of-course tests, and conducting evaluations. You probably haven’t touched a book for your personal reading pleasure in weeks, if not months. But something exciting is around the corner: winter break! Although your school’s winter break may only be a week or two long, you’ll finally have some downtime when you’re free of your teaching duties so you can actually read a book for fun.

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Topics: education industry, tips for teachers

Everyone Has a Story

Posted by Debbie Dotson, M.Ed. on Thu, Dec 12, 2019

Every teacher, every student, and every classroom has a story to share. Because of this, video has become an invaluable tool in teaching, learning, and digital literacy. It’s estimated that children from ages 8 to 18 spend nearly 7.5 hours each day consuming media of all types, often concurrently. Today’s students have never known a world without video, and it’s estimated that 91% regularly view content on YouTube, so it’s only natural that they would want to use video to support their own learning. Teachers using video in the classroom report that their students retain more information and are more enthusiastic about what they are learning.

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Topics: tips for teachers

Psychologically Safe Schools

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Dec 5, 2019

Because of the excessively violent situations that have occurred in schools over the past 20 years, school safety has been a hot-button issue. Many schools have moved to create a more secure environment by controlling access, locking doors, and conducting drills so that students and staff are prepared if something happens. And while all of this is good and necessary to some degree, I believe we must keep the bigger picture in mind as educators

Unfortunately, the concept of being safe must include a discussion of risk. When lawmakers make decisions about things like stoplights, speed limits, and other traffic laws, they consider the possible danger and how that weighs against normal operations on a roadway. For example, we could put a stop sign at every intersection in the country, which would create safe roads, but it would also hinder commerce, travel, and many other endeavors. There must be a balance between safe roads and the purpose of the roads in the first place.

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Topics: tips for teachers

The Professional Breakup

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Dec 4, 2019

Unfortunately, I have seen a number of teachers come and go throughout my 20 years in education. And for every teacher who leaves my school, there's a different reason for why they left. However, I would say that I've seen some patterns in the departures of teachers in terms of both why they left and in the manner in which they departed the school. 

And reflecting on this—all of which is based on my observation, not on any research—I believe it might be helpful for school leaders and for the teachers who remain to process the departure of their colleagues. Maybe some of these ideas can help the “professional breakup” to go more smoothly than it sometimes does.

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

December Tips and Training for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Mon, Dec 2, 2019

With the holidays upon us, now is a very busy time of the year. It’s also notoriously a time when keeping students on task can be a bit more challenging. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with fun themed content and helpful teaching tips to keep you going right up until the holiday break! 

Here is our collection of engaging content to help you keep your students’ attention all month long:

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Topics: Training, tips for teachers

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