A Test Is Just A Piece of Paper

Many students tend to get stressed when it's quiz or test time.  It's almost as though they fear the questions will burn when they're touched. I want to tell students - all students - not to worry so much, so I think I will do just that: Dear…

Oh, Those Middle School Students!

Let me ask you something: what do you remember about middle school?  I’ve been asking a lot of people this question, and I was frankly pretty surprised that most of these people either remembered very little about it or remembered it as a…

Education for Every Child Based on Their Individual Interests and Learning Needs

Let's stop arguing and let teachers teach.  As our public education system slips and slides down the international scale of standards and knowledge, our students and teachers are paying the price in a system run by fear and teaching to the…

Reading, Observation, & Funky Times

  When we read, we are doing far more than interpreting symbols on a page.  We are privileged.  We are invited guests.  We are peeking through windows, listening through keyholes, using context clues to figure out what’s going on in…
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Water Jelly Crystals Give Lesson in Transformation and Potential

Sometimes, our students need a little reminder that if they just wait, if they just have a little patience, wonderful things can happen. Many students don't understand this concept unless they see a tangible example of it, and Steve Spangler's…
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In Her Own Words - One Teacher's Support for Full Day Kindergarten Funding

Education remains a huge part of the national debate - how do we fund it, maintain competitive teacher salaries, encourage thoughtful learning, teach to the test and fairly equalize learning opportunities for all American children? In Colorado,…
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Show Your Teacher Appreciation and Enter to Win a Wish List or Gift Certificate

April 29, 2014 - Updated.  The contest period has closed. Congrats to our winners - Kate from Silver Spring, MD won a $50 gift certificate Susan from Hammond, LA won her Wish List Teachers come in all shapes and sizes. They engage young minds,…

Top 10 Inexpensive Ways to Show Your Teacher Appreciation

A teacher isn't just an instructor. They are a mentor, a guide, a counselor, a protector and a large part of the village kids need to grow up grandly. This May, show your teacher appreciation without breaking the bank. Parents - We've…
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Bullying Is Not a Game

Bullying makes the news almost every week. It exists in schools, sports fields, playground and online. We've also recently learned bullying is also present in professional organizations like the NFL. Children who are bullied tend to withdraw…
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Easing Back to School Stress - Tips for Teachers

Teachers are some of the most creative people out there. If you disagree, just visit Teachers Pay Teachers or Pinterest. Both community sites are overflowing with classroom, lesson, hand-out, activity and organization ideas from teachers themselves.…