At some point in every student’s life, they will work with a classmate who has a disability.
I remember the first time as a child that I noticed a student with cerebral palsy: Our class was heading down a hallway as first-graders do, single file, trying not to trip on our own shoelaces.
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Start assigning them tomorrow.
As a teacher, curriculum developer, and parent, I’m constantly seeking ways to allow young people to “take ownership” over a piece of text and build strong reading “muscles” along the way. Below, I’ve listed some of my favorite text-dependent prompts (most of which were crafted with former colleagues at The Writers’ Express and Amplify—strong shout out to them).
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Adapting to a New Group of Students
Starting off the year is challenging in numerous ways, but for me, it’s been interesting to see how each class takes on a different tone or personality. With that in mind, I’ve found it’s helpful to have some classroom management ideas in your back pocket so that you can flex to the needs of the group of students you have.
Here are a roundup of ideas that were shared in a recent online conversation amongst Loyola Maryland faculty, students and alum: Continue reading Real Strategies from Real Teachers
The question to kick off the small group conversation was simple enough: What successes have you had in the first two weeks of school?
Six Providence, Rhode Island school teachers—previously unknown to each other—leaned into the hotel ballroom tables in an effort to shield themselves from the hubbub at the other thirty-some tables in the room. Then conversation broke out, deliberate and organized at first:
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We hope you’re looking forward to–or have already launched–a successful start of school.
Whether this is your first day in the classroom or you’ve experienced decades of “first days,” one thing is certain–you’re feeling a flood of thoughts and emotions. In the moments before the crowd of fresh faces clammers into your classroom for the first time, we want to know what’s top of mind.
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How Do You Find the Resources You Need? Teachers have a constant and ever-changing thirst for classroom resources. From full lesson plans, to worksheets, to test questions, to engaging projects and videos, teachers can never have too many great resources. However, as each teacher starts building a personal collection, he or she faces a number of challenges:
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How others have used TeachersConnect to grow professionally.
The other night, I sat listening to a couple friends chat about dating apps and websites. They were talking about dates they’ve gone on, whom they’ve met, and honestly, a lot about how it didn’t often work out. But it made me realize just how much technology has changed the way we meet and interact with people, both dating and in a larger sense. You’re probably thinking right now, “Hello, Kristen… let me welcome you to 2017,” and if you were thinking just that, hear me out.
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Engaging through sharing by Kristen Fleury
It was in the living room on Christmas Eve, surrounded by family, that I noticed both myself and fiance’s grandmother were the only ones not engaging. I sensed a loneliness that we both shared in that moment. We were both absolutely a part of it, yet for different reasons we were both not truly engaged in it. In her lap sat a present she had received earlier that day from her son. It was a photobook of old images of her hometown and family. I sidled up next to her and asked her to show me her new book and tell me about some of the images. I’m not sure how long we sat there lost in looking at the images and chatting, but I know we made a memorable connection then.
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What happens when you truly matter and the secret to a longer life by Marcel Ollmann
TeachersConnect is working with teachers on a user research project focusing on discovering what drives teachers in their daily lives and what challenges they experience in their professional careers. We have been performing this research primarily to inform our product development process—to ensure that we provide value and utility to teachers on a consistent basis.
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You can’t prepare for everything by Dave Meyers
I’m in the second or third year of my career (teaching grade 5 at this point) and we’re just kicking off a unit the teachers call “Puberty and Reproduction” and the kids call “Sex”. We begin with what I think is a very healthy–and clear–talk about expectations and ground rules: We’re all here to learn, no one’s talking about others’ bodies, we’re going to respect privacy, etc. We all sign a contract saying that we’re going to help each other live by these ground rules. I nod approvingly as the students add their names to the sacred document; I’m feeling like the Kid Whisperer.
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