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  • How to Own the Leadership of Your Classroom: Craft a Vision

    on Jul 31, 15 • in Classroom Leadership, Educator Professionalism, Elementary Classrooms, Featured, Instructional Strategies, Kindergarten, Series • with Comments

    Why july is the best month to be a teach

    It’s no secret that teacher burnout is a problem. A commonly cited statistic is that as many as half of teachers leave the profession within their first five years. As retention of teachers gains attention in policy circles, teacher leadership has emerged as one possible solution. Generally teacher leadership means an opportunity to extend a teacher’s impact beyond their own classroom — by sitting on school committees, participating in or leading professional development, attending conferences — without requiring that teacher to leave classroom teaching altogether. But for many teachers, just feeling like true leaders of their own classrooms would

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  • Steinbeck’s Nobel Prize Speech-“the Word is with Men”

    on Jul 31, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, High School, High School, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments

    John Steinbeck & his Nobel

    When American authors are studied in the secondary English Language Arts classroom for their short stories and their novels, John Steinbeck is usually featured. Students, however, may not have read a speech he penned or listened to him read these words aloud. There is such a speech that allows students this opportunity. Steinbeck was awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize for Literature for his “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception.” Steinbeck had been nominated numerous times for his body of work: Of Mice and Men (1937),The Red Pony (1945), The

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  • Make Leading Productive Math Discussions a Cinch!

    on Jul 30, 15 • in Featured, Instructional Strategies, Mathematics • with Comments

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    Can you remember a time when you asked a question during math class, intending to start a productive math discussion on a topic you went over as a class, and noticed that you only saw the hands of your frequent contributors? What do you do when only 15% of your class actually contributes to the learning environment? You come up with a different method of communicating as a class! When Stenhouse Publishers offered me a copy of their book, Intentional Talk: How to Structure and Lead Productive Mathematical Discussions, so that I could review it

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  • Ursula Le Guin’s Speech as Literary Informational Text

    on Jul 29, 15 • in Current Events in Education, High School, High School, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments

    Ursula Le Guin

    Science fiction and fantasy are among the most popular genres in both film and book publishing, but they are often underrepresented in the English Language Arts offerings in the secondary classroom.  There are a few exceptions, and on occasion, an Ursula Le Guin short story such as “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” (1973) may be included in an anthology. Students who discover Le Guin on their own may be familiar with her novels and novel series: The Lathe of Heaven, A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, or  The Dispossessed Le Guin uses science fiction and fantasy

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  • Formative Assessments: Success Criteria

    on Jul 28, 15 • in Featured, Formative Assessments, Instruction&Curriculum • with Comments

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    This series is about using formative assessment in your classroom. Many teachers use this practice daily to know where students are and move them forward in learning.  There are tools, however, that can strengthen the formative assessment you are doing in your classroom to meet the needs of all students you teach. The first tool, discussed last week, is setting clear learning objectives. “We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself,” Lloyd Alexander.   Each teacher, classroom, district, state has objectives

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