May
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50 Ways to Help Your Students Find Their Voice

What does it mean to find your voice? Having the courage to speak up? Expressing your opinions more often? Having opinions in the first place? Or is it more than that? “We each have our own fingerprint; we each have our own voice,” says Kylie Minogue, host of The Voice….

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May
10

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Teachers Need to Be Heard: 25 Ways to Help the Cause

The overwhelming majority of today’s teachers say they aren’t being heard. From implementation issues in the classroom to matters of policy at the state or national level, concerns are falling on deaf ears, making educators feel undervalued, misunderstood, and ignored. The latest data shows us that only one in 20…

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May
2

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21 Ways to Check for Student Understanding

The ultimate goal of teaching is to do just that – teach, not stand up in the front of the room and talk. But sometimes it’s easier to talk than to teach, as we all know, especially when we need to cover a lot of material in a short amount…

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Apr
23

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How to Cultivate a Love of Reading in Your Students

The rewards of reading are enormous. Aside from the pleasure it offers us, reading enhances communication skills, sharpens the brain, promotes self-awareness, makes us more empathetic, and reduces stress. Still, there will always be some of us who just don’t enjoy it. And you can’t teach someone to like something…

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Apr
8

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Information Overload? Here Are 10 Ways You – And Your Students – Can Deal With It

If you read the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it would take you 57,000 years to reach the end. You could bind the pages in a 10,000-foot-tall book weighing 1.2 billion pounds. Printing it would require half a million liters of ink, which is the volume…

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Apr
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50 Ted Talks Every Educator Should Check Out (2014 Edition)

The communication explosion reaches its peak when you explore the endless avenues running through TED Talks. Moreover, the title educator embodies many forms within these talks. So it’s precisely for this reason that any educator benefits from so many of these talks. Each speaker reveals his or her passion of…

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Mar
18

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25 Tricks to Stop Teacher Burnout

There’s a reason why teachers receive a sad, knowing nod from others at a dinner party or when meeting new people. The profession kicks us around and often kicks hardest when we’re down. We teach for the pleasure of sharing a subject or skill that we love and hope to…

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Mar
17

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Overcoming the Fear of Being Wrong: 20 Ways To Help Your Students

Like cheating on a test, ignoring a friend’s phone call, wallowing in self-pity, or eating a pint of ice cream in one sitting, being wrong feels the worst when someone else is around to witness it. Unlike these things, being wrong is unjustly stigmatized as unacceptable. Everyone answers a question…

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Even Students With Low Self-Esteem Don’t Benefit From Inflated Praise

Monday, June 2, 2014

Today’s talented youth are often lavished with praise by parents and teachers alike, and most of us are familiar with the argument that this practice may actually harm development. But what we aren’t so familiar with is the idea that too much praise may harm the development of struggling students…

Creativity Is Declining Among Teenagers, With One Exception (And What It Says About Our Education System)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

New research from the University of Washington Information School and Harvard University has found that some aspects of creativity — such as those employed in visual arts — are gently rising over the years, while other aspects, such as the nuances of creative writing, are declining. Along with a team…

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