Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

  • Dear Leaders: A Letter from a Teacher

    on Jan 22, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educator Professionalism, Opinion • with Comments

    Dear leaders

    Teachers have an untapped resource we have not been using.  We have knowledge and experience and it is our responsibility to voice our concerns with leaders in our community, state and nation.  What would happen if every teacher wrote to someone in power?  What if you stopped what you were doing right now and wrote a letter or sent an email to someone who can make a change?  I have written to representatives when important issues have come up in our legislative branch.  Educate yourself and use your voice today. It is relatively simple to

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  • Drive: Debunking Standardized Tests & Merit Pay In One Book & Video

    on Jan 13, 15 • in Featured, Opinion, Policy • with Comments

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    I’m going to admit – I’ve been a bit flummoxed lately. Perplexed. Bemused. Set back. I tussle with many of life’s questions, but one of the greatest is — How do I help my students achieve more? As a 9-year teacher, I stand in front of the classroom with a wide variety of tools on my belt, but to  that I’m about to retire are the “carrot” and the “stick.” I’m doing this because these seem to be the only two tools used on me, as a public servant and proponent of education and our

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  • Choices: The Key to Differentiated Instruction

    on Jan 12, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Management, Opinion • with Comments

    choices_ the key to differntiated

    Students have choices. Choice is of the key elements on our new evaluation system, but sometimes I do not have time to offer students a choice. We all are busy, and thinking of new and creative projects is sometimes exhausting and frankly many do not meet the new common core standards. But incorporating choice makes differentiated instruction all the more easy to plan. So here are a few ideas I love that give students choices and challenge them. 1. The Multiparagraph Composition. I don’t know about you, but if I have no desire to read seventy essays on

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  • Creative Writing Strategies For Elementary Students – Outside Of The Classroom

    on Jan 9, 15 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Opinion • with Comments

    THE NUT SHOP

    Writing is a huge component in my second and third grade classroom. Next to speaking properly, communicating through the written word is an important life skill that needs to be developed which will follow children throughout their lives. The sooner the basics of writing are introduced and honed, the easier this skill will become as they get older. We write about everything: picture prompts, sentence prompts, letters mailed to friends and family, activities we’ve done, opinions on current events, holidays-if it can be written about, we do it. And all of this is great in

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  • New Year, New Start

    on Jan 8, 15 • in Featured, Opinion • with Comments

    New YearNew Start

    There are so many incredible things about being a teacher. One of the many is the ability to have a fresh start. Every day is a chance to start over: reteach the lesson that fell apart yesterday, move the behavior clips back to the beginning, or even change how the desk are arranged. A new year is a perfect change to begin again. How to use the New Year to your advantage… First, you need to refresh yourself. The best advice I ever received as a parent: “You have to take care of you so

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