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Student Leadership Team

Teaching students to be leaders can help sustain a school-wide social emotional learning environment, (SEL) as well as a school site positive behavior intervention support program (PBIS). Developing Student Teacher Leadership Teams to aide in the implementation of the programs can help the student body take ownership of the concepts and processes. Research to support the importance of SEL and PBIS for children can be ...more »

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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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After School Teachers Fellowship

As a school gets bigger, the number of teachers grows as well. As the size of the staff becomes bigger and the school focus stays on student learning, building a meaningful relationship among teachers can be neglected and compromised. This can eventually create problems as the staff works with one another because they do not have any understanding of each other’s idiosyncrasies or life stories prior to working together ...more »

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Teacher Leaders Inspire Others by Being a Support

In a time of educational flux, it seems as if there is no better time for opportunity than the present for educators to become teacher leaders. One does not need to do work at the district level in order to become a teacher leader. Teacher leaders are individuals open to change and are proactive in sharing their knowledge, leading collaboration meetings, grade level discussions, community involvement, and/or any additional ...more »

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Use chess to support CCSS Math Practices

Many students struggle with math practices, which are apart of the common core. Students, across grade level spans, are asked to persevere in solving problems and communicate about their problem solving (in addition to critiquing the reasoning of others). This presents a challenge for many students who struggle with completing problems and explaining their thoughts. While many teachers are improving their teaching techniques ...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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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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Literature Circles!!!!

Students love choice when it comes to what they can read. Giving them the opportunity to choose a book they are interested in motivates them to want to read. In conjunction with reading the same text with other classmates, students have an opportunity to engage amongst eachother and have conversations about what they are reading. I would like to invite my fellow colleagues to try reading cirlces in their classrooms ...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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Reset button

The best way to reset it to walk around the block at lunch with a colleague who is also a great friend. 10 minutes and I'm ready for the rest of the day!

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Making Time to Learn by Observing Others

Since we were small, we have been learning new behaviors through the practice of observation. It's no surprise, then, that most teachers will adopt those practices that they experienced while they themselves were a student. The question to think about though, it whether those teaching practices we remember from our 7th grade Science class years ago are still applicable and meaningful today. It is important for us as ...more »

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Vertical Articulation: Big Ideas Across the Grades in Elementary Mathematics

It is often said that math instruction in the United States is "a mile wide and an inch deep." Still, there are major concepts that are introduced at each grade level, and mastery of these concepts forms the foundation that students will need for the algebra and geometry they will encounter in middle school (and higher level math beyond). We'd like to engage teachers from K-6 in our building to analyze these major concepts, ...more »

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Grade Level Collaboration

Bringing your leadership skills into your grade level collaboration meetings will set a positive framework for the many changes that are upon us as we embrace the Common Core Curriculum. It is important to have at least one teacher leader in a grade level to maintain balance, listen to concerns, and guide the change process. Teacher leaders should present change with an open mind and be prepared to hear ideas from all ...more »

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Building community among teachers using peer observation triads

My school has a small recess yard and cafeteria which causes many staggered recesses and lunches by grade level. The classrooms are also situated in the wings of the school roughly by grade level. All of this leads to teachers connecting only with other teachers at their grade level for most of the day. This builds little sense of community amongst the teachers in the school. One way that we are working to end this ...more »

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Lab Classroom? Why not yours and mine?

One way to improve your teaching is through observing others teach. Not often do teachers get the opportunity to be in each others classrooms to watch a lesson with a critical eye on the lesson and the students’ reaction to that lesson. An effective way to promote this kind of observation is through lesson study. As a teacher on special assignment I am able to facilitate short lesson study cycles with interested staff. ...more »

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