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August 2017

Back to School Advice for Parents and a Hilarious Back to School Rant from A Caring Mom

By |2017-08-29T02:25:45+00:00August 29th, 2017|

Back to School Advice for Establishing a Parent-Teacher Partnership Every school has a back to school night, and every parent can use some back to school advice from a teacher. Back to school night is the perfect occasion to lay the foundation for the strong parent-teacher partnership that will support the academic and social-emotional success of [...]

January 2017

Teacher Tip: 3 Tips For A Calm Classroom Environment

By |2017-01-16T13:50:20+00:00January 16th, 2017|

Image courtesy of amaZEN U 3 Easy Tips for A Calmer ClassroomAs the new year gets underway, it is a good time to reflect and make a few adjustments/improvements to your classroom layout. They do not have to be dramatic! In fact, you may find that the more subtle the changes the more effective they are.One [...]

Teacher Tip: 3 Tips To Avoid Teacher Burnout

By |2017-01-14T16:07:04+00:00January 14th, 2017|

"The truth is there is simply more work than there is time to do it, and some things are just beyond our control." -M. Connely 7th Grade Math, Atlanta GA In many instances, we as educators expect ourselves to be perfect because we understand the stakes for our students. Furthermore, we can lose sight of the [...]

October 2016

Top 3 Crowdfunding Tips for Your Google Classroom

By |2016-10-31T17:37:09+00:00October 31st, 2016|

“I’m going to do whatever it takes to be creative for our children, even if that means it comes out of my pocket.”  -DeAnn Moran, 2nd Grade Teacher, Moore Public Schools   Teachers spend a lot of their own money for their classroomsWith the popularity of Google Classroom and connected tools like Quick Key, teachers have more options for classroom [...]

Multiple Choice Item Bank and Quiz Builder Resource

By |2016-10-11T15:25:43+00:00October 11th, 2016|

Question Item Bank for Assessment for LearningIn part one of this series Multiple Choice Questions Based on Blooms Taxonomy. We examined concerns around the validity of multiple choice questions and recommended their use in low-stakes formative assessment. To help you save time, we are sharing this item bank and quiz builder provided by the U.S. Department of Education [...]

5 Resources for Building Healthier Classroom Relationships

By |2016-10-03T15:21:37+00:00October 3rd, 2016|

Healthy Classroom Relationships Contribute to Higher Academic Achievement"Building positive classroom relationships has a major impact on a student’s academic and behavioral success.  When students believe that their teacher values and respects them, they are more likely to value and respect the teacher."  -Courtney Dealy, Boys Town National TrainingResources for Building a Healthy Classroom Culture5 Strategies to [...]

September 2016

Are Your Students #NumeracyNinjas ?

By |2016-09-12T16:12:29+00:00September 12th, 2016|

If you love learning about new ways to help you be creative and student-focused in a data-driven world, you might want to check out Numeracy Ninjas. The brainchild of Math teacher William Emeny, this program is awesome.According to Emeny "Numeracy Ninjas is a project driven by the belief that all students excel in math and leave school [...]

Math Teacher Resources From Math Coach's Corner

By |2016-09-05T23:11:11+00:00September 5th, 2016|

 Teacher Resources as Good as Texas Brisket!I would characterize my discovery Donna Boucher's "Math Coach's Corner" blog, as similar to the first time I ate brisket in Texas. I knew I had found something special, and I couldn't stop telling anyone outside of Texas who would listen. Boucher is a math interventionist, in Katy TX. Her blog [...]

Why Do So Many Great Teachers Hate Data Driven Instruction?

By |2016-09-01T14:16:00+00:00September 1st, 2016|

My Data Driven Instruction NightmareThursday morning, and it was cold. The day, designated for professional development. It was my first year at a high performing, "no excuses" charter school. The results were in from our first benchmark exam of the year. I sat, a little uneasy, knowing that my colleagues and I we were being judged [...]