Archive for the ‘Ask a Teacher’ Category

  • Reminders for the New Year for Teachers

    on Jan 7, 14 • in Ask a Teacher, Current Events in Education, From the Front Lines, Management • with Comments

    The excitement of break and holiday fun is over.  Snow has come and gone and may come again.  But everywhere across the United States, classes are starting back for teachers and students.  In elementary classrooms it is generally back to business as usual.  We don’t have class changes or a new group of students.  Here are a few important things  to keep in mind as you gear up for the second semester.  Classroom Management—while you have established your rules and routines, everyone has been on a break. For some students the transition back into the

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  • 20 Simple and Free Gifts for Any Teacher

    on Dec 17, 13 • in Ask a Teacher, Featured, Opinion, Parents • with Comments

    What do I give to my child’s teacher? As people of all walks of life traipse the store aisles this December looking for the perfect holiday gift, the teachers that give so much to your children occasionally enter your mind. Should you feel obligated to give a gift? By no means, no. But if you do decide to give to your child’s teacher, here are 10 free and 10 simple options for you and your child to show your appreciation: The Simple Gifts: Gift cards – The fastest growing gift of any and all populations

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  • Differentiate When Students Dance to a Different Beat

    on Nov 7, 13 • in Ask a Teacher, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Management • with Comments


    You are different from anyone else, and you are defined by those differences. So are students. Each student will learn and perform differently in any classroom. A classroom of a hypothetical 24 students is a classroom of diversity, with 24 individual combinations of learning styles.  Teachers differentiate for this wide variety of learners and prepare for all students who have with dissimilar interests and abilities. How dissimilar? Consider this recent video of a toddler’s dance recital as an example. There is obviously a “lesson plan” for this recital. The dance instructor’s objective for the recital is

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  • Permission to Mess up the Desk, Granted

    on Nov 7, 13 • in Ask a Teacher, From the Front Lines • with Comments


    Own a messy desk? Envy the organized? Fear criticism from the orderly? Well, be ashamed no longer. A messy desk can be a sign of creativity. A recent article in the NYTimes What a Messy Desk Says about You  (September 22, 2013) centered on a study at the University of Minnesota that compared the neat office environments of individuals with the messy office environments of others. The research shows that imagination favors the cluttered. This may be particularly encouraging to those who, despite having invested in fancy organization systems, are unable to maintain the uncluttered look of an office

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  • Open House: OMG! (Tips for Parents)

    on Sep 18, 13 • in Ask a Teacher, From the Front Lines, Policy • with Comments


    September is Open House Month, and the welcoming speech from a teacher could sound like this: “Welcome, Parents! Let me show you how to access my website on the SMARTboard where you can see how the CCSS are aligned with our curriculum. You can monitor your child’s AYP by accessing our SIS system, Powerschool. In addition, all of our assignments are on the class wiki that you can access 24/7.  As we are a BYOD school, your child will need a digital device with a 7″ screen to use in class.” How parents may feel during

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