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  • How to minimize distractions in the 1:1 classroom

      Monitoring a classroom full of students with electronic devices can be a daunting task. What can you do to keep students focused?     Set rules and expectations. Set boundaries for when it is appropriate to be on the computer or tablet and when not. For example, if you are explaining something, you can say “lids down” and students should follow your instructions. Set consequences. I’ve integrated technology into my behavior management strategies. I use Class Dojo f ...

    by Barbara Sweet
    Friday, 09 October 2015
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    Children Exposed to Trauma: Do You Know the Story Behind the Behavior You’re Witnessing?

    “Easily one of the saddest circumstances that educators deal with is helping students who have or are dealing with trauma.”  These are the words of Ben Gilpin, an elementary school principal who recently guested on an episode of Studentcentricity about connecting with and guiding the behavior of children exposed to trauma.  Ben’s right of course. But sadness may not be the only emotion that educators experience. Because we don’t always see the trauma – because it isn’t necessarily in ...

    by Rae Pica
    Thursday, 08 October 2015
  • Use these 10 educational online resources to write A+ essays

    Have you ever made your best efforts to write a brilliant paper according to your professor’s instructions? That didn’t result well, did it? Don’t worry; all students have been in your shoes in one point or another. The difference between successful students and below-average achievers is that people of the first category never give up. Are you ready to start writing better papers? The solutions are simpler than you ever anticipated. Start exploring the following 10 tools and you’ll surprise yo ...

    by Julie Petersen
    Monday, 05 October 2015
  • Why I Teach Books with Cursing and Sex

    The Things They Carried Brave New World Of Mice and Men Walk in Room 128 on any given day, and my students could be reading these books. Add The Catcher in the Rye to the list if it makes it through our approval process. These books are all on the top 100 most frequently banned books, and I want to defend why I teach banned books since this is National Banned Book Week. Books are a way for students to learn about life, the world, different ways of thinking, injustice, and growing up. When I ...

    by Susan Barber
    Saturday, 03 October 2015
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    Teachers, How To Address Your Students Back To School Anxieties

      A new school year brings a mix of excitement and worries: “Will I do well? Will my teacher like me? Where will I sit? Will I be teased on the playground? Will I be invited to someone’s house? How will I get my homework done with my schedule of sports and activities.” Such questions will arise more for children who have been bullied, teased or excluded. These anxieties don't always diminish as the year progresses.  Teachers, address them now! We all face not being enough at times. ...

    by Karen Stone
    Friday, 02 October 2015
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