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Spotlight Teacher: Cindy Arevalo

Congrats to Cindy Arevalo, our May Teacher Spotlight honoree!

Cindy is a high school English teacher in Glen Burnie, MD and has been an outstanding member of our community.  We wanted everyone to have a chance to know more about what got her to where she is today, the work she does, and what she’s passionate about – so we had Kristen Fraine, our Community Coordinator and fellow teacher, interview her to learn more.

Here’s a look at an interview we did with Cindy – and a question we have for you all to jump in on at the end:

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The Cool Teachers Are Using Rubrics!

Assigning Writing

By John Lambert

I went to a liberal arts school and really fell in love with writing and the process of writing.  It allowed me to examine the complexities of society as I worked toward my degree in history. While still in school, I realized that when I began teaching I wanted my students to learn how to write as well. I wanted them to write not only because I really enjoy writing, but because it is the best practice of demonstrating your knowledge within the social sciences. Continue reading The Cool Teachers Are Using Rubrics!

Spotlight Teacher: Joy Kirr

Congrats to Joy Kirr, our April Teacher Spotlight honoree!

Joy has been an outstanding member of the community, and we wanted you to have a chance to know more about Joy, her work, her worries, and her passion.

Here’s a look at an interview we did with Joy – and a question we have for you all to jump in on:

 

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New Year, New … Approach to Teaching?

Self-Reflection in the New Year

By Kristen Fraine

With the New Year just starting there’s plenty of chatter amongst friends, family, and colleagues about everyone’s goals for their own personal “New Year, New You” ambitions.  As a teacher, I find myself doing this sort of self-reflection and goal setting both at the start of the school year and the start of the calendar year. It’s a sort of mental reset that’s nice to have twice a year, but can be difficult because self-reflection isn’t always easy. I always find these conversations an awkward combination of exciting, stressful and invigorating.

So I started to think about it like a lesson plan – how would I ask my students to reflect and set goals? Can I scaffold this life-lesson for myself? Continue reading New Year, New … Approach to Teaching?

Listen to Teacher Voices

What’s on the mind of a teacher on the first day of school?

Most of us remember what it felt like to be a student on the first day of a new school year. The excitement of seeing friends, the uncertainty of finding the right classroom, and the distress over the first homework assignment.

But what about the adult at the front of the classroom?

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What are teachers reading this fall?

 

It’s important to always find some “me-time” even during the always-on-the-go school year.  Whether that time for you means diving into what interests you or it means broadening your knowledge by reading relevant educational articles, blogs, and texts, it can be difficult to know what you want to focus on during those ever-elusive little moments you sneak into your schedule.  We decided to reach out to real teachers to hear what has been on their “me-time” reading lists – asking for anything and everything – and this is what they had to say…

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