Archive for the ‘Featured’ Category

  • 1:1 Classroom — Head Over Heals with Google Forms

    on Nov 21, 14 • in Educational Apps, Educator Professionalism, Featured, Instructional Strategies • with Comments

    google-forms

    I recently fell in love with a tech tool in a manner similar to the way in which I fall in love with classic titles on a bookshelf. These are titles I have read but for some reason or another the significance was lost until bam! Lightning strikes and I cannot put that book down.  This is the case with Google Forms. A year ago I had assigned myself to making a quick quiz or one question survey but soon moved on. Then an Aha! moment hit my brain last week as I began to experience classroom management outside the normal

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  • Don’t Be THAT Teacher: Make a Positive Impact Instead

    on Nov 20, 14 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Opinion • with Comments

    courtesy of teacherleaders

    It happened the other day. One of my ‘friends’ on Facebook had a birthday. I was wishing her well, on her page, when I noticed another person she was friends with. A former teacher. THAT teacher. I was an excellent student. I was involved in all kinds of extra-curricular activities, was a straight A student, graduated as a Valedictorian. As a young student I wanted to go into journalism. I was a school publications editor-in-chief from eighth grade through eleventh grade. I had aspired to be a reporter or a writer, or possibly even an

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  • What to Expect During a Manifestation Determination Review

    on Nov 18, 14 • in Featured, Special Education • with Comments

    Parent Meeting

    Last week, TER writer and educator Paula Glass wrote an article about how daunting a Manifestation Determination can be from an educator’s standpoint. The consequences of such a meeting weigh heavily on everyone involved, from the student all the way back to the educator in the classroom. For that reason, it’s extremely important that when you get in a situation where you get called upon to participate, whether you’re the parent, the administrator, the teacher, or even the student, you should know what to expect during a manifestation review, how to prepare, your rights, and the

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  • College is Not for Everyone

    on Nov 18, 14 • in Featured, Opinion • with Comments

    Close up of a graduation cap and a certificate with a ribbon

    You are not guaranteed a job when you graduate college. That is the reality of today’s world.  According to Peter Capelli, a professor at Wharton School quoted in a recent Washington Post article, a discrepancy exists between the amount of college graduates and the amount of jobs available for said graduates; many current employers are not looking for college-educated employees. The exceptions to this rule are degrees in engineering, technology, mathematics, or science. Yet society tends to push all children toward college while ignoring the other options available for building a stable career. Perhaps we

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  • Coping with a Different Child

    on Nov 17, 14 • in Featured, Management • with Comments

    courtesy teachertreasures.wordpress.com

    Each class has one, that quirky child who just can’t seem to fit in. Even the nicest kids aren’t sure how to handle them. I could be a psychological issue, a hygiene issue, the desire to cling to everyone, the OCD boss, or the super-social ADHD student who just cannot be quiet. As adults we understand the class’ uncertainty but we know the importance of working with everyone. We understand the need to belong and have a place in the group. We also empathize with the other students. These outliers wear us down, too. You

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