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Grading Students on Growth
April 15, 2018
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Grading Students on Growth

Rachel Turner
@ChattanoogaChat

Iwasn’t born with the natural ability to ride a bike. Luckily my parents bought me one anyway and taught me, over time, how to ride. The first few times, I crashed and burned. I still have a scar on one of my knees from a nasty fall. But my parents were so patient and kept encouraging me to try again. Over time, I progressively improved my bicycle riding skills. While I never mastered this skill well enough to enter the BMX World Championships, I learned it well enough to survive while riding down the road!
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You Are More Than a Test Score
April 6, 2018
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You Are More Than a Test Score

Casey Dove
@CaseyMDove

As time for standardized testing draws nearer, you often hear a speech to kids that encourage them to do their best because they are so much more than one test score. There is incredible truth in that statement. Students are artists, athletes, musicians, student councilmen and so much more.
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The Power of a Mentor
March 24, 2018
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The Power of a Mentor

Dr. Beth Gotcher
@beth_gotcher

Being a new teacher is an exciting and invigorating time yet can also be filled with stress and uncertainty. Beginning teachers enter their first classroom bubbling with hopes and ideas for their students. However, new teachers are also filled with a variety of unanswered questions. How do I make copies? What do I do if I’m sick? What instructional resources am I required to use? Where do I go for a fire drill? These are just a few of the countless questions that come up throughout a teacher’s first year which are not answered in a college classroom.
In the Classroom Policy
Mississippi Students’ Activism is Historically Significant
March 8, 2018
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Mississippi Students’ Activism is Historically Significant

Stacy Jones
@stacyjonestned

Terry, Mississippi, located in Hinds County, about 15 miles southwest of Jackson, had a population of just over 1,000 people—60 percent African American—at the time of the 2010 census. It is home to two high schools, including Terry High School. One of its most famous residents was Tommy Johnson, the blues man about whom the original legend of soul-selling at a crossroads in exchange for masterful guitar playing originated—before it was later attributed to musician Robert Johnson.
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It Is Imperative for My Students to Be Global Citizens
February 15, 2018
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It Is Imperative for My Students to Be Global Citizens

Melissa Collins
@CollinsNBCT

The Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize is a $1 million award presented annually to an individual that has made a major contribution to education. This prize vets and rewards teachers around the world, with the foundational belief that educators should be recognized, highlighted, and celebrated for the work that they do for the profession.
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The Innovation Academy
February 11, 2018
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The Innovation Academy

Maureen Henderson
@MaureenHender18

The Innovation Academy is a magnet program located at Springfield Middle School in Robertson County, Tennessee. The program currently serves two hundred sixty scholars in sixth through eighth grade. Scholars have a team of two teachers, one teacher instructs STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) and the other instructs REACH (Reading/English to Analyze Culture and History).
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Full-Immersion Work-Based Learning
February 7, 2018
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Full-Immersion Work-Based Learning

Heidi King
@heidikingking

Patrick’s alarm goes off at 5:30 am.  He rolls out of bed and gets dressed.  He has to clock in at Gestamp by 7am, which he’s learned means arriving no later than 6:45.  Patrick is saving for a car, but for now he pays Uber $20 a day to get to and from work.  This is not the easiest life for an 18 year old high school senior to face, but this experience has changed the course of Patrick’s life for the better.  
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Weird but Not Too Weird
February 5, 2018
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Weird but Not Too Weird

Leticia Skae
@LSkae

Is teaching a science? An art? Or a craft? Can it be a little bit of all of those things? My husband is an executive principal, and we often brainstorm ways to solve educational problems regularly. It is quite possibly our favorite pastime. But when discussed what makes a great teacher, he explained his hiring process to me. When he interviews a teacher he is looking for a teacher that is “weird but not too weird.” (A philosophy that I’m sure he uses even in love).
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4 Steps to Becoming a Culturally Responsive Teacher
January 28, 2018
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4 Steps to Becoming a Culturally Responsive Teacher

Leticia Skae
@LSkae

In my seventh year teaching English/language arts, I moved to a new school. As part of the orientation, one of the veteran English teachers kindly provided me the essential reading list for 10th grade students. When I reviewed the list, something just didn’t sit well. The entire list was filled with books either written by men or featuring white, male protagonists. The only exception was the tragic, unlikeable protagonist in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, whose toxic masculine ideals lead to his demise.
In the Classroom Professional Learning
What I Didn’t Learn in My Teacher Preparation Program
January 17, 2018
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What I Didn’t Learn in My Teacher Preparation Program

Rachel Turner
@ChattanoogaChat

Now in my eighth year as a teacher, I often chuckle when I reflect on how far I have come in my teaching career.  Just a few short years ago, I was a clueless student teacher eager to change the life of every student I met. I did not know much, but I knew that I did not want to be like the Economics teacher (Ben Stein) in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or the teacher in Peanuts. I envisioned being a mix between John Keating (Robin Williams) in Dead Poet’s Society and Louanne Johnson (Michelle Pfeiffer) in Dangerous Minds. Instead, I entered the classroom more like a cross between John Kimble (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in Kindergarten Cop and Sherman Clump (Eddie Murphy) in The Nutty Professor.  Luckily, I have thick skin and stuck with the most rewarding career one can have.  However, I often think back and wonder why so many aspects of a teacher’s career go unmentioned in our preparation programs.