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  • “I’m Looking For…” On Mispronouncing Names, A Teacher’s Guide

    on Jan 25, 16 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, From the Front Lines, Opinion, Parents • with Comments

    On Mispronouncing Names, A Teacher's Guide

    This week on Twitter, the hashtag #growingupwithmyname has release an outpouring catharsis from people all around the world whose name is a bit… different. Whether it’s a(n): -Spelling of a name – Justin Bieber jested that “he’d be a millionaire” if he had a $1 for every time someone spelled his name wrong. -Pronunciation of a name – I currently teach Taina, who is livid every time somebody doesn’t pronounce her name properly “IT’S TUH-knee-UH! ERRRRRGH!” -Epitome of a pop culture reference – Your name is Kim Kong?! Hah! -Continued use of a joke – Hey

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  • Out of the Mouths of Parents

    on Jan 7, 16 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Opinion, Parents • with Comments

    Ahhhhhh….. Christmas break. I’ve been waiting for this vacation since October when the honeymoon phase of a new school year began wearing off and the realization of ‘normality’ set in. This break allows me time to reflect, piece my weary self back together and recall some of the craziest things that parents have said this school year. So, friends of TER, I give you the “Top Ten List of Things That Came Out of the Mouths of Parents”: 10. What time does school start/get out again? We have been in school 87 days now.

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  • Winning Back Public Opinion, One Conversation at a Time

    on Jan 7, 16 • in Current Events in Education, Educator Professionalism, Featured, Opinion, Parents • with Comments

    The Educator's Room (8)

    For teachers, Christmas and holiday break is probably getting old – if only because of the discussions had with others. Typically these things go negative pretty quickly, since the general public has delved into a disregard for educators through simplified generalizations as lazy (“must be nice to have the summers off”), union-thug (“must be nice to be guaranteed your job”), expensive (“must be nice to be guaranteed that pension”) heathens pushing an agenda. There are only so many derogatory things teachers can read, see, or hear before they’ve just had enough. Once that happens, educators typically shut down and disengage

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  • Parent Tips: 8 Steps For Surviving Middle School

    on Oct 1, 15 • in Featured, Middle School, Parents • with Comments


    Middle school can be the most confusing time for students and parents in their educational career.  Everything ‘known’ about school is shifting, and hormones are often kicking into gear at the same time.  Students want more independence, and parents want to do the right thing.  Instead of letting teens ‘sink or swim’, try a more balanced approach.  Teens definitely need to learn responsibility and independence, but they also require structure and supervision more than ever.  By following these simple tips, you may be able to crack the middle school confusion code and have a more

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  • Engaging Students In Spelling List Studying

    on Jul 24, 15 • in Elementary Classrooms, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Kindergarten, Literacy, Parents • with Comments

    Stewart the Spelling Minion

    I am proud to announce that Stewart the Spelling Minion will join our classroom this year. I’ve already introduced Gilligan in a previous piece, who helps with social studies retention. Gus the Gator used to be part of our class and travelled around with students, helping them with their journaling, sentence structure and grammar. Stewart the Minion will be our spelling helper this year. Stewart will travel home with a different student each day, as encouragement with spelling words. Since I teach a multi-level classroom, my younger kids will focus on sentences about Stewart the

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