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    Digital Detox: Helping Kids Strike a Balance Between Screens

    Recently, among friends at dinner, we were discussing our childhoods and we all fondly recalled the hours spent playing outdoors, building indoor forts, and dressing up with grandma’s hand-me-downs from the previous decades. As our walk down memory lane progressed, it dawned on us that our own kids are missing out on these iconic rights of childhood. No longer do our boys and girls play outside with the neighbor kids or start pick up games of ball or hide-n-seek. No, our children spend a major ...

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    by Hilary Smith
    Tuesday, 22 May 2018
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    School Shootings and Early Childhood: What's the Link?

    This isn’t the kind of thing I typically write about – and it would certainly seem to have nothing to do with early childhood – but, like most of us, I’ve been thinking a lot about school shootings. I’ve found myself asking: What is it that incites such rage in these young people that they see killing as the only resort? Immediately following all of these incidents, everybody talks about the need for better attention to mental health, in addition to gun control. I couldn’t ...

    by Rae Pica | @raepica1
    Friday, 18 May 2018
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    Shhh! How to Help Excessively Noisy Classes Without Yelling

    If you are ever going to have classes that are too noisy, you can bet that the time for this particular teacher nightmare is right now near end of the school term. Even those timid students who were too shy to speak above a whisper at the start of the year now appear to be completely comfortable shouting across the room. The classroom noise level this time of year isn't just stressful; it's a sure indicator of unproductive behavior.    Although could be dozens of approaches to consi ...

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    by Julia G Thompson | @TeacherAdvice
    Tuesday, 15 May 2018
  • #TeacherSpring

    In 2010 when I lived in the Middle East, I witnessed the Arab Spring. People filled the streets with renewed spirit protesting unfair policies. I remember coming back from visiting the pyramids and getting trapped in a cab in the middle of a perfect storm—hundreds of men, women and children filled the streets that were one by one being blocked off by the police. It was scary and invigorating. For me, I’m doing a lot of observing and reflecting. Asking questions like, what do educators really ...

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    by Raquel Ríos @RaquelRiosPhD
    Saturday, 12 May 2018
  • Don't Just Hang On! Enjoy the Last Days of School!

    Every year, during the final few weeks of the school term, grim articles about how to hang on until the last day of school without losing your sanity abound. Loads of stern advice about topics such as the importance of managing stress and the misery of standardized testing and unpleasant conferences about failing grades seem to dominate teacher forums. What if, instead of just hanging on, you took a different approach to the time you have left with your students? An approach that includes some j ...

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    by Julia G Thompson | @TeacherAdvice
    Friday, 04 May 2018
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7 Apps Every Teacher Should Put on Her Christmas Wish List

Vicki Davis with Meri Walker

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Our guest is doing amazing work with apps and art, and brings us a list of great digital tools to engage your student's.

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Teaching Pitfalls: Signs That You Are Out of Balance and Heading for Burnout

Vicki Davis with Alicia Roberts

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In this segment, we talk about the dangers of  teaching without balance.  What is balance?  How does balance lead to burnout?  What are the red flags that signal you are slipping into the danger zone?  What should you do?

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Teaching Memories: A Few of My Favorite Things

Vicki Davis with Rodney Turner 

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Keeping with the spirit of the season, we ask our guest to reflect on a few of  the things he loves about teaching..

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