Archive for the ‘Instruction&Curriculum’ Category

  • Sparking Class Discussions with One Simple Question

    on Oct 20, 14 • in Current Events in Education, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Professional Development • with Comments


    Guest Writer: Arpine Ovsepyan, M.A. “What did you learn in class today?” This is a simple question that helps open the door for thought-provoking classroom discussions, serves as a formative assessment, and provides closure to a lesson. For a little over two years, I have made the commitment to never end a class without asking this question because I was finding that although students would work diligently to complete assignments in my English class, they were never given an opportunity to share their insights with their peers. Too often, I observed classrooms where the teacher

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  • The Loneliness of the Post College New Teacher

    on Oct 20, 14 • in Educator Professionalism, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Policy • with Comments

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    “The weekends are the hardest.” a young, new coworker friend of mine said, “I think I’ll get another dog, it’s too lonely.” I remember reading somewhere that some of the loneliest people in the world are those of the newly graduated college student, and it seemed that my young, coworker friend was no different. It made sense to me as my own children were at the end of their college days and embarking on a brave new world of their career choices.   My kids managed to survive this time of their lives fairly easily as they basically stayed in

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  • How to Apply for a DonorsChoose Grant (And Why You Should)

    on Oct 17, 14 • in Ask a Teacher, Current Events in Education, Featured, From the Front Lines, Special Education • with Comments


    Less than two months ago, I applied for a grant at out of pure desperation. I needed supplies for my classroom and I didn’t see any other way that would happen with the current budget crisis in effect. Where I’m at, the special education budget has hit on all-time low, so our resources are actually lower than those of anyone else in the school system. Technology, learning tools, and anything else I could request, I would have to get from my school, not from my special education department, and the budget only stretches so

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  • Turning that Picture into Writing

    on Oct 15, 14 • in Instructional Strategies, Literacy, Policy • with Comments


    On my bathroom wall at home, I have a large framed drawing my son made in first grade. It has a lot of underwater action, including thought bubble over the shark saying “I am the king of the ocean.” Another thought bubble over a fish close to the shark’s mouth reads, “I am going to die!” It is a fun picture but it wasn’t until I was teaching second grade that I realized that this was a detailed story my son had “written.” The actual writing in his daily journal was pretty basic. It usually

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  • Teaching Columbus and the Truth of History

    on Oct 13, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Social Studies • with Comments


    Once again, Columbus Day has rolled around and teachers, especially History teachers, have an opportunity to set the record straight. A great article by TER’s Mike Dunn today talks about how to teach Columbus and is rich with ideas and resources. I am writing today not about how to teach it, but why it is important that we teachers be at the forefront of telling the truth of history. You have probably seen the news the last few weeks about the Colorado Board of Education and its attempts to “exceptionalize” AP US History and other history

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