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A Pathway for Parent Engagement

When parents ask their children, "What did you learn in school today?" many students typically reply with a simple "nothing." Teachers and parents know this response does not represent an accurate snapshot of what actually occurs in school. However, this simple scenario represents a gap in communication between teachers, students, and families. As a middle school ELA teacher, one way I promote dialogue between students ...more »

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The Breathing Pause

So many educators know the stressors that come our way daily, starting from the moment we open our eyes in the morning. The myriad of decisions a teacher makes in her day when responding to students' needs, can really take its toll - if we are not mindful. As the week goes on, we become stretched even thinner and our reserves diminish. Then it happens- we snap at that student who said the right thing- but at the wrong ...more »

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The Importance of Talk Time...for Students!

Collaborative conversations, text-based discussions, literature circles, Socratic seminars...these are a few of the buzz word strategies that have been used throughout the ages in order to engage students in learning. Providing opportunities for students to discuss rich fiction or expository text in a productive way is a great way to aid them in digesting the hefty standards they are expected to master. When students ...more »

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We all speak the same Language

In a growing multicultural and multilingual society the number of students with a second language will increase and teachers will need to become more effective and productive. Soon, the majority of teachers in USA will serve a member in their community (student or parent) who will speak a second language. My idea is to create a Coaching/ Mentoring Program for any teacher who serves in these communities. We will brainstorm ...more »

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Create paid professional development for general education teachers run by special education teachers

Provide professional development opportunities for general education teachers at both elementary and secondary levels within our district and intermediate school district levels. Lead special education teachers would be provided time to prepare and organize professional development, and be paid if outside of school hours, to specific areas of need according to general education teachers. A common website would be created ...more »

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Family Math Nights

Each year I help to lead Family Math Nights at our school. This began in a small way with just a few grade levels and has now spread throughout the entire school. In the spring, each grade level hosts a night in which a student brings his or her parent to a night filled with math engagement. The teachers plan activities that can all be worked on collaboratively with the student and parent. Additionally, all activities ...more »

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Questioning and Contemplating Assessment Practices

Informal. Formal. Summative. Formative. Assessments are powerful educational tools, and we use them so frequently. Nevertheless, teachers receive very little education about or training in effective, valid assessment practices. Teacher education programs could certainly include more about assessments, but classroom experiences with them provide valuable knowledge that theory never will. Therefore, a greater conversation ...more »

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Doctoral Fellowships for Teacher Leaders

Teachers of many years experience are valuable resources at the university level for teacher preparation programs and research in best practices, developmentally appropriate assessments, and many more areas of national concern. Career pathways must be established and made readily available so that these teachers who have sustained a career in the classroom may advance to support the education of teachers and the development ...more »

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Begin Engineering Education in Early Childhood

Young children are naturally curious and born to engineer. Testing and reconsidering the world around them using play-based learning, engineering is the natural vehicle for children to learn science and mathematics, in order to design, build, and test their theories. Engineering is perceived as a subject where educators need deep levels of specialization and requires certain curriculum. Most children are not exposed to ...more »

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English and Science CORE class

I’m a CORE teacher (English and social studies, back-to-back, with the same group of students). English and social studies complement each other very well. For example, as a CORE teacher I can select novels for English class that are set in the particular historical period and locale the students are studying in social science class. I believe this model could be equally effective with English and science CORED. For ...more »

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Tech Buddies: Creating Technology Learning Time for Students and Teachers.

In order for students to meet the demands of college and career readiness, they must be computer literate. Many schools have addressed some technology training for teachers but professional development for teachers is always a challenge to school schedules. Tech buddies is a simple answer to creating opportunities for teacher leaders to share with teachers and student leaders to share with other students. Much like the ...more »

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Free Play and Recess Requirements

Numerous studies highlight the importance of free, unstructured play in the healthy development of children. In Finland, students have a 15 minute recess break after every 45 minutes of academic instruction and their students rank at the top academically. Yet more and more schools in the U.S. have moved away from permitting regular recess for their elementary and middle school students in an attempt to gain more instructional ...more »

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