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We’re All First Year Teachers

We’re All First Year Teachers

Stop trying to be the “perfect teacher” and just be yourself

Every fall I teach a differentiated instruction class at Canisius College for teachers who are pursuing their master's degree in differentiation. I LOVE this class because they are my people: they get the need...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Key to Motivation: Student Agency

Key to Motivation: Student Agency

Keeping learning relevant and engaging by putting middle school students in charge

Note: Student Agency is a HUGE part of middle school identity and success. For this issue’s column, I’ve asked education expert, LeAnn Nickelsen, to join me in presenting the case for elevating its...
Author: Rick Wormeli, LeAnn Nickelsen
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An Interview with Jean Eddy

An Interview with Jean Eddy

President & CEO, American Student Assistance (ASA)

Tell us about ASA and what makes it unique. American Student Assistance (ASA) is a national nonprofit that is committed to helping students make informed choices to achieve their education and career goals. We...
Author: AMLE
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Finding Success in Virtual Learning

Finding Success in Virtual Learning

Meeting students’ needs by building relationships, identifying learning intentions, and creating success criteria

Even the most experienced educators find teaching to be a challenge. The flexibility required to solve unexpected issues; the immediacy of meeting the needs of each individual student; staying current...
Author: Nicholas J. Leonardi
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You’re Doing Better Than You Think You Are

You’re Doing Better Than You Think You Are

Six things I learned during my first year of teaching

1. Cheer for the kids who are doing well. Cheer louder for the kids who aren’t. Think back to your own school years. You can probably still name some classmates that always seemed to excel in school. I know...
Author: Jessica Egbert
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The Power of a Read Aloud in the Middle Grades

The Power of a Read Aloud in the Middle Grades

Reading out loud offers chances for connection and conversation

Good stories are powerful. They have a way of seeping into our souls and lingering in the backs of our minds. For years, stories were the main way that knowledge was passed between generations. Reading to my sixth...
Author: Kate Cimo
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Discussing Race Issues: It’s Not So Black and White

Discussing Race Issues: It’s Not So Black and White

Activities using trade books to help students explore how the past impacts the present

2020 has seen eruptions of violence and protests across the country due to racial injustice and the continued denial of basic human and civil rights to people of color. These events have forced many Americans to...
Author: Nefertari Yancie, Ph.D.
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In the Trenches: Co-teaching as an Administrator

In the Trenches: Co-teaching as an Administrator

Maximizing the opportunity to reconnect in the classroom

The quality of a school’s instructional leadership can have a significant impact on student achievement. Most administrators enter the position with the goal of delivering quality instructional...
Author: Pauline Zdonek
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Building the Classroom of the Future

Building the Classroom of the Future

We’re only a couple of months into the academic year, but for many educators it already feels much longer. Teachers are working more hours than ever before, with the added strains of preparing lessons in new...
The Enduring Power of Rituals

The Enduring Power of Rituals

Well-designed rituals encourage student participation and are an important part of school culture

Picture it. Twenty-four Grade 8 students are standing on one side of a creek, high in the Sierra Mountains in Northern California. Water rushes by, melted from the mountains behind them. This is the last day of their...
Author: Chris Balme, Roberto d'Erizans
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