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10 Things Teachers Should Remember as They Begin Another School Year
August 8, 2018
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10 Things Teachers Should Remember as They Begin Another School Year

Lynnsey Metcalf
@sterchimetcalf

10. Restart your attitude every day! Some days are rough. Things go wrong. Always start your day with a positive attitude. Forget about the negative things that happened in the past and focus on the amazing opportunities in front of you.
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The Trouble with Deadlines: Accountability in the Secondary and Post-Secondary Classroom
July 31, 2018
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The Trouble with Deadlines: Accountability in the Secondary and Post-Secondary Classroom

Jeff Gray
@iteachushistory

When I was a junior in high school, my best friend and cousin finally succumbed to her lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis and died at the age of seventeen.  It was devastating for everyone in my family.  The morning after her death, I had a trigonometry exam.  The policy of the teacher – and all my teachers – was unless you have a doctor’s excuse, you were required to take an exam.  Since there was no doctor’s excuse, I came in that morning to take the exam.  Once I finished the exam, I left to aid in the preparation for the funeral.  There was no question I was going to take the exam.  It didn’t even dawn on me to try to get an extension as this was not a qualified excuse for missing the exam.  It was the expectation.
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Targeting Academic Success: How They Hit the Bullseye And How I (Almost) Missed It
July 24, 2018
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Targeting Academic Success: How They Hit the Bullseye And How I (Almost) Missed It

Amy Crawford
@AmyKCrawford

Over spring break, I had the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua with a group of eight high school seniors. While many of their peers were frolicking on beaches, guzzling beer through funnels, and striking provocative poses in barely-there bikinis, these kids were serving, leading, sacrificing, sharing, and loving. What makes this group even more unique is that all of them are graduating high school with GPAs north of 4.0 and an average ACT score of 32. Two of the students attend a private school, and six attend public high schools. 
 
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Each School Year Is a Fresh Start
July 14, 2018
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Each School Year Is a Fresh Start

Al Feldblum
@afeldblum 

Have you seen the commercial with the parents gleefully riding on shopping carts while their two children watch with sad, remorseful faces? The background music lyrics are “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” The family is back-to-school shopping.
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Teaching Is a League of Its Own
June 12, 2018
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Teaching Is a League of Its Own

Hayley Cloud
@hcloud_tn 

Probably one of the most “feel good,” memorable movies I remember watching growing up is A League of Their Own. I watched it many times, and I can still recall many quotes from the movie, such as the famous “There’s no crying in baseball!” But my favorite line from the movie is when Jimmy Dugan says, “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great!” As a teacher, those words are something with which I can connect.  Teaching is hard. If teaching were easy, everyone would do it. Somehow, the hardest moments seem to always yield the greatest.
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What are We Missing with Story Problems?
June 6, 2018
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What are We Missing with Story Problems?

Cindy Cliche
@CindyCliche1

This summer a colleague attended a conference and was so excited to share her learning. One “take away” was a speaker that shared teachers should use the term “story problems” instead of “word problems” because the word “story” indicates that it is more than just a bunch of words and numbers. There is a context. Reflecting on this discussion, I begin to think about how much focus we are seeing in math instructional resources with numberless word problems, Bet Lines, and “notice and wonder.” I wondered if what we call the word/story problem is the whole solution, or is it how we support student understanding of the context of problems?
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End of the Year Letter to Parents
June 3, 2018
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End of the Year Letter to Parents

Amy Crawford
@AmyKCrawford

Every year, I write an End of the School Year letter to parents. This year, I took advantage of the opportunity to share some wisdom I’ve acquired through raising four children and teaching for over 25 years. Admittedly, I was a bit anxious to find out how the letter would be received. Thankfully, I’ve received multiple requests to “share” the letter on social media, as well as notes of appreciation from parents and grandparents. I’d like to share the letter with you in the hope that you will have the courage to share it, modify it, or simply think about the responsibility we have as teachers to educate our students.
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Six Ways to Incorporate Student Voice in Your Classroom
June 2, 2018
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Six Ways to Incorporate Student Voice in Your Classroom

Erin Glenn
@erin_glenn_edu

``So why do I have to do this….Because I said so!” Unfortunately, this type of conversation may occur all too often when students do not see the benefit or purpose of what they have been asked to do. Providing opportunities for students to have a voice in their classroom practices allows them to help shape their class environment and increases the likelihood they’ll follow outlined procedures and protocols. There are many ways to incorporate student voice in your class. Six of my personal favorites are found below:
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Literature in the Math Classroom
June 1, 2018
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Literature in the Math Classroom

Cindy Cliche
@CindyCliche1

The biggest challenge for so many teachers is finding time in the day to teach each content area. Teachers that traditionally set a block amount of time to teach math and then another block of time to teach language arts are finding that integrating the two subjects gives more time for teaching the curriculum, and students are engaged in their learning. Integration of literature in mathematics activities and tasks helps develop the context for the lesson. If students can make a connection to mathematics content in a story, the literature can make mathematics more interesting, engaging, and applicable to students’ experiences in the world.
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Day to Day in One to One
May 31, 2018
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Day to Day in One to One

Ashley Corey
@ms_corey8

Many schools and districts are taking the initiative to give all of their students access to technology on a constant basis. What is now referred to as “one to one” typically means that every student is given some sort of device such as a tablet, a laptop, or similar type of hybrid. The largest and most obvious hurdle to this kind of initiative is funding. With individual devices you tend to get what you pay for, and that makes giving over a thousand students a similar device cumbersome at best. When my school first presented us with the idea of one to one as a common practice, my actual questions did not deal with funds. As a classroom teacher there is only a limited scope of what I can control when presented with budget dilemmas.