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The Importance of Classroom Structure

The Importance of Classroom Structure

Don't let anyone fool you. Don't let anyone tell you differently. To create an "inviting, safe, inclusive, and supportive" environment for students, desks matter. I know this fact firsthand, because one day at school...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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New Teacher Induction

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Teacher quality is an important school-level factor in student achievement (Rivkin, Hanushek, & Kain, 2005) and the focus of ongoing effort by policy makers and practitioners to ensure that all students have...
Author: Kathryn L. Martin
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5 Keys to Effective Classroom Management

5 Keys to Effective Classroom Management

You worked long and hard to earn your teaching credentials, and this year you have your own classroom for the first time. With that classroom come new responsibilities: learn the curriculum, create instructional...
Author: Kimberly Kode
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Get Your Students Moving

Get Your Students Moving

Incorporating movement in the classroom keeps students and their brains engaged in learning.

As a 20-year veteran middle school teacher, I learned very early in my career that if you don’t physically move middle school students sometime during your lesson or class time, they will move you in ways you...
Author: Kim Campbell
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Topics: Teaching

Easy 10-Minute Review Strategies

When using a direct teaching strategy, it is important to keep students engaged and check for understanding of the ideas and concepts presented. Eric Jensen, a leader in brain-based learning, claims that it is...
Author: Jill Spencer
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Topics: Teaching
Helping Student Teachers Face Their Fears

Helping Student Teachers Face Their Fears

Agreeing to have a student teacher in your classroom is an important decision. It's one more time commitment on top of a schedule that probably is already overflowing with things to do. But consider how unnerving it...
Author: Diana Brannon
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Keeping Students Engaged with Mini-Lessons

Keeping Students Engaged with Mini-Lessons

Quick lessons in the middle of class keep students active and focused.

“Class is over? Wow, that went fast!” That’s one of the biggest compliments a teacher can get. It means our students were engaged in their work. Research shows that the average young...
Author: Nichole Carter
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Topics: Teaching
5 Beginning Teachers, 10 Great Tips

5 Beginning Teachers, 10 Great Tips

Five new teachers share their strategies for success and sanity.

Novice classroom teachers offer a great deal to schools at all levels. They often bring creativity, a high level of energy, and new and effective ways to use technology. With that said, new teachers may experience...
Author: James Davis
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Topics: Teaching
How I Got Multiple Tickets during My First Month Teaching 8th Grade

How I Got Multiple Tickets during My First Month Teaching 8th Grade

It should be part of an official middle school teacher evaluation form: "Effectively breaks rules and bends conventions for the instructional goodness of his/her students." Indeed, one of the most underreported...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Topics: Teaching
Growth Buddies: Priceless Professional Development

Growth Buddies: Priceless Professional Development

Having a colleague who serves as a sounding board and a support system is a valuable part of professional development.

It all started when… Michele: "It all started because my last hour French students were driving me crazy. Becky was teaching in an eighth grade English classroom kitty-corner from mine, and I wandered in. I...
Author: Rebecca Kordatzky, Michele Lapean-Usher
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