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What is your idea for teacher leadership in your school, district or state?

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Teaching Core Values from The First Tee Golf Program to Students

For classes that are having issues with respect and discipline, teaching the core values from The First Tee program can help build a united classroom community. This golf program is for junior golfers and builds such a positive example of leadership-and can be used for the kids in your classroom! The core values to teach are: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, ...more »

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(@tgreenless)

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Start a morning run club!

It has been proven over and over again that exercising increases brain activity and learning amongst elementary aged students. Having a running club Tuesday and Thursday at our school has been a huge success for all involved! The parents organize the rewards for number of laps completed and the kids love it. It's simple and can be such a positive environment filled with energy and music to kick start the day!

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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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(@metrar)

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Clear Path to Leadership

I know the responsibilities of school administration are endless and they are always working on improving school environment and student achievement, but what happens to career development for teachers? To further clarify, I’m not referring to another professional development or post observation conference, I’m talking about your goals in this profession and how one can be of assistance on your journey. I remember ...more »

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(@ckalsow)

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Holding students accountable for Character

While standards address many learning targets in each subject area to address knowledge, reasoning, skill performance, and products of learning, I feel today's learners need more accountability to develop character and respect before they enter college or the work force. Disposition learning targets are addressed through the PE and Health curriculum in many districts, and my own school provides students with extra opportunities ...more »

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(@adam00)

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Leaders in the classroom

If and when I take on a leadership role in a school, I am frightened of becoming disconnected from the classroom. I know this is a fear or concern of other leaders, but what can be done to effectively remedy the situation? I know there are many responsibilities for leaders and administrators which takes up much of their time, but I want to see those leaders and administrators take active roles in the classroom from time ...more »

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(@mstrain)

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Micro-credentials for Teacher Leadershipo

Teacher leaders play a critical role in fostering a culture of collaborative learning in schools, increasing teacher effectiveness and retention, and most importantly, advancing student progress. These educators are at the core of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), catalyzing collaboration, modeling effective practice, and leading colleagues in deepening their knowledge. Teaching Matters seeks to recognize ...more »

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(@uetz00)

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Mentoring New Teachers

Teachers new to the district will be given a survey during orientation. Many topics that would be beneficial for a new hire would be listed such as school policies, grade book, incorporating common core, classroom management, etc. They will identify eight sessions that would be most beneficial to them. Results will be compiles and the topics with the most votes will be offered. Master teachers will be hired to prepare ...more »

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(@sadamson)

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Free Play vs Structured Sports at the Elementary Level

As a PE instructor I believe that kids learn better when they are given the time to be creative and use their imaginations. I do not referee games nor do I keep score. I teach kids the importance of good sportsmanship and teamwork. We play to have fun not to win or lose. I feel that when kids have the freedom to explore their skills, they are better able to figure out their strengths and weaknesses. At the elementary ...more »

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(@sjohnson)

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Grade Level Collaboration Ideas

During the school year, my district is great about training teachers how to use new instructional methods in order to meet the Common Core State Standards. However, the district has basically told us that we need to find all of the resources ourselves. We are also expected to create an assessment for each skill. In order for teachers to create their own curriculum and assessments they need to be given time. Not only ...more »

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(@bmayer)

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Teaching is a Year Round Job

While some will say the best part about teaching is the summers off, many of us realize that we put in endless hours planning through the summer. Throughout the school year, when teachers most need a break, we attend professional development days. These days are filled with new information and tactics to implement into our curriculum. In the midst of a planning year where do we find the time to change our lesson plans ...more »

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(@mwestphal)

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Summer Library-Let’s level the playing field and open the doors to the love of reading!

According to the Beginning School Study (1982), summer learning loss “accounts for most of the achievement gap between students who live in poverty and those whose families are better off”. As a teacher in a School-Wide Title 1 building with 53% free and reduced lunch students, I began to wonder how we can encourage our students to participate in a summer reading program. Barbara Heyns’s 1978 landmark study found that ...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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(@keljormon)

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Teachers advise architects

Consult teachers in the process of building & remodeling schools. We, especially elementary school teachers, are experts about traffic flow for carpool, buses, student movement within the building, placement of restrooms, student flow in cafeteria, locker placement, stairwell safety, parent access to the building, dry erase board placement on walls in classrooms, parking needs, access to outdoors / playground areas, storage ...more »

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(@jabrown)

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Rethinking Clip Charts: Through the Eyes of a Student

It is no surprise that the topic of classroom clip charts has proven to be controversial for students, parents and educators alike. While clip charts offer a visually appealing tracking system for behavior in the classroom, what do they really tell us? I make it my mission to focus on the positive in the classroom so upon implementing a behavior chart I was not one to use the bottom half. Instead of clipping down in ...more »

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