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1 Too Much, Too Fast: Coping with the New Speed of Change in Education
2 Why Handwriting Still Matters in the Digital Age
3 Helping Parents Understand the New Strategies for Teaching and Learning
4 Why Working Toward a Common Goal Is More Important Than Getting an "A"
5 Setting Up Your Classroom to Maximize Collaborative Learning
6 Creating the Ideal Relationship With Your Students
7 Being There for Students When You're Emotionally Unavailable
8 Five Counterintuitive Ways to Be a Better Teacher This School Year
9 Teacher-Funded School Supplies: Reducing the Burden Without Harming Kids
10 Things To Do Now to Be Better Organized When You Head Back to School
11 The CRAP Test: Teaching Students to Critically Evaluate the Quality of Online Information
12 Overcoming Burnout: Why Overwhelmed Is the New Normal and What to Do About It - PART II
13 Overcoming Burnout: Why Overwhelmed Is the New Normal and What to Do About It - PART I
14 Do You Have A Summer Reading List? Here Are Some Recommendations
15 Ending the School Year: Recharging Your Batteries
16 When Students Fail: What Does it Really Mean? What's a Teacher to Do?
17 Five Things Every Teacher Should Know About Teaching Students in Poverty
18 Using Humor to Get Students to the Top of Bloom's Taxonomy
19 Helping Young Kids Learn to Resolve and Manage Conflict
20 10 Smart Ways to End the School Day
21 Tips for Teaching Controversial Topics
22 Stepping Toward Sensible, Valid Teacher Evaluations
23 Using Social Media with Parents: What Works, What to Avoid
24 What Savvy Teachers Know About Managing Disruptive Student Behavior
25 Using Social Media With Students: What Works, What to Avoid
26 Ten Ways to Make Test Prep Fun
27 Why Students Tune out: Five Ways to Get Students to Listen and Hear
28 Getting Students (and Ourselves) Over the Third- Quarter Slump
29 Timely Tax Tips for Teachers
30 Creating Trouble-free Transitions
31 Helping Stress-Out Students Stress Less
32 Motivating Unmotivated Students
33 Three Things Every Educator Should Know About Teaching Black Boys
34 The Hidden Challenges of Teaching Homeless Students
35 Rethinking Classroom Cell Phone Policies, High-Tech Cheating and the Meaning of Google Glass
36 Two Teachers Share Their Candid Views on Dealing with "The System"
37 Looking Back, Looking Ahead to 2014
38 Designing Questions that Drive Real Learning
39 The Most Common Mistakes Teachers Make with Introverted Students
40 Hidden Causes of the Achievement Gap Between Boys and Girls
41 Balancing Act: Celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza in School
42 Will This Be on the Test?: Making Content Relevant
43 Balancing Act: Celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza in School
44 How Teachers Can Help Students Embrace the Role of Failure in Learning
45 The Classic Classroom Management Mistake and How to Avoid It
46 Trusting Students to Lead Their Learning: Does It Really Work? If So, How?
47 Hidden Causes of Low Parental Engagement in Urban Schools and What to Do About It
48 What To Do When Good Lesson Plans Go Wrong
49 Teacher/Parent Relationships: When the Going Gets Rough
50 Helping Students to Cope With Tragedy
51 Getting Beyond Burnout
52 Staying Motivated, Passionate and Excited About Teaching
53 How the Communications Culture of Your School Impacts You
54 Student-Led Parent-Teacher conferences
55 Teacher Voice: How to Make Sure That When You Speak People Listen
56 Quickly Creating a Sense of Community in Your Classroom
57 Tracking Students Was Dead, But Now...
58 Your Classroom Management Plan for Day One: Setting Expectations
59 Making a Good Impression on Your First Day of Class
60 iLiteracy: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction Online
61 Student Plagiarism in the Digital Age: Easier to Do, Easier to Catch, Still a Challenge
62 Advanced Degrees? Additional Credentials?: What Teachers Really Need
63 Is the Sage on the Stage Really Dead? Yes. Well, Almost...
64 The Path to Reclaiming the Teaching Profession
65 Teaching Creativity in a Climate That Discourages It
66 Summertime: How Best to Spend the Time Off
67 Teaching Creativity: Can It Really Be Done?
68 Is Staying Connected the Solution to Teacher Discouragement?
69 Rethinking Boundaries Between Teachers and Students: Tough Teacher, Trusted Friend Or...
70 Many Teachers Discouraged, Many Not, The Difference Is...
71 Classroom Management: Yes, Bribes and Threats Work But....
72 Five Classroom Problems Directly Traceable to Student Sleep Deprivation
73 Are You Prepared To Teach Gifted Kids? Top Dos and Don'ts
74 Developing Higher-Order Teaching Skills for Educational Technology
75 Do You Have to Be an Entertainer to Engage Your Students?
76 Alternative Professional Development: The Good, the Bad and the Better
77 Surviving and Thriving on a Teacher's Salary
78 Surving the Perils and Challenges of Grading
79 Dealing With Difficult, Negative, Toxic Peers
80 Managing The Hidden Differences in Your Classroom
81 Boycotting Standardized Tests: Good Idea? Will It Make a Difference?
82 Children Playing With Toy Guns and Imaginary Assault Weapons In School, Problem?
83 How PLNs are Transforming Education and Returning Classrooms to Teachers
84 Homework? Really? That's So 1950s
85 Lonely, Isolated Educators: Why?
86 Project Based Learning: Integrating Technology
87 Overcoming the Six Biggest Objections to Project-Based Learning (PBL)
88 When Angry Parents Target Teachers, What to Do.
89 Dress Codes: Teachers, Tattoos, Piercings and Provocative Dress: Fashion Anarchy v. Fashion Facism?
90 Keeping Up with the Pace of Education Technology
91 Teachers Watching Teachers: Keys to Peer Observation
92 Shocked, Sad, Angry:Coping With School Tragedies, What Do We Do Now?
93 OMG, I'm Being Watched:Preparing for and Surviving Classroom Observation
94 Managing the Growing Demands of Teaching
95 Everybody Wants a Piece of Me: Setting Boundaries in a 24/7 World
96 Handling Bumps, Bruises and Breaks in a Litigious, Overprotective Climate
97 Teaching in the Age of Entitlement: How to Avoid Contributing to the Problem
98 Three Ways to Get the Most Out of Professional Conferences
99 Cell Phones in the Classroom: Distraction or Undervalued Teaching Tool?
100 Accommodating Left-Handed Students in a Right-Handed World
101 Teaching Students with Autism in an Integrated Classroom
102 When Students Push Your Buttons
103 Teaching Students with Learning Difficulties
104 How to Teach and Have a Life Too
105 Three Reasons to Actively Seek Criticism Versus Avoiding it
106 Moving Beyond the One Right Answer Trap
107 Three Do's and Don'ts to Start the School Year Right
108 The Hidden Cost of Teaching: Spending Out of Pocket
109 What to Do With Students Who Feel Entitled to Succeed Without Effort
110 Dealing With Parents Who Expect Special Treatment for Their Child
111 What Type of Teacher are You, Lone Ranger or Team Player?
112 What, Teaching STEM in Preschool, Really?
113 The Three Best Ways to Stay Passionate About Teaching No Matter What
114 Face to Face Versus Online Professional Development
115 Stop Teaching to the Test, Start Teaching to the Culture
116 What is the Best Way to Assess the Progress of Young Children?
117 Teaching and Caring for Shy, Socially Sensitive Children
118 Play Dough or iPads in Early Childhood? Experts say Both but...
119 Five Ways to Get Young Children to Sit Down and Shut Up, Well Sort of...
120 Why Young Children Bite, How to Talk About It, How to Manage It
121 Child Abuse:Understanding the Mandatory Reporting Requirements
122 Student Food Allergies: What Every Educator Needs to Know
123 Ganging Up to Fight Bullying
124 Oh Come on! Banning Chocolate Milk...Really?
125 Playing it Safe, Too Safe?
126 5 Proven Tips for Teaching Children with Attention Deficit Problems
127 Tell Me Again, Why Are We Arguing about Professionalism?
128 Why Do So Many Educators Feel Devalued by Other Educators?
129 Fine Motor Skills: What Are They, Why Are They Too Important to Overlook?
130 Four Strategies for Managing Unmanageable Students In The Classroom
131 How Classroom Setup and Clutter Affect Learning and Behavior
132 Is Teaching Keyboarding in Kindergarten Developmentally Appropriate?
133 Three Great Reasons and Ways to Move Your Classroom Outdoors
134 Teaching Together: Moving from Isolation to Collaboration
135 OMG! Parent -Teacher Conferences: Why They Fail, Making Them Work
136 Touching Children in the Classroom: Why No Touch Policies Are Harmful
137 Creating a Non-Competitive Climate for Children
138 Understanding the Child's Mind Body Connection
139 How to Help Children Learn to Read Well
140 The Dangers of Praising Children Inappropriately
141 High Test Scores, Low Learning: Why Good Grades Are Not Enough
142 Early Childhod Burnout: Are You Pushing Your Children Too Hard?
143 Developing Genuine Versus Phony Self Esteem in Children
144 Bringing Out Individual Talents in Children
145 The Importance of Being a Playful Teacher
146 Coping With The Parent From Hell!
147 Worksheets, Bad? Good? Depends...
148 Right & Wrong Ways to Teach Creativity to Young Children
149 Unteaching The Bad Behaviors Children Bring From Home
150 Teaching Strategies:How to Deal with Temper Tantrums in the Classroom
151 Digital Media: Great Teaching Tool or Big Liability in the Classroom
152 Teaching Strategies:Handling Young Students Who Just Won't Sit Still
153 Child Guided Versus Teacher Directed Teaching. What's The difference? Why it Matters?
154 Why Letting Children Fail Is Critical to Success
155 Five Reasons Why Children Are Often Burned Out by Third Grade
156 It's Not Developmentally Appropriate. So What?
157 Stress Based Learning Disabilities in Young Children
158 When Parents & Teachers Disagree About What Is Developmentally Appropriate
159 Five Tested Tips for Resolving Conflicts Among Young Children
160 Solving The Growing Physical Inactivity Crisis
161 Identifying & Nurturing the Intelligence of Movement
162 Settling The Great Bilingual Education Debate
163 Should Sex Education Begin in Kindergarten?
164 Nap Time - Needed Break or Waste of Time?
165 Handling Inappropriate Sexual Behavior in Early Childhood Settings
166 Learning From What's Working
167 Withdrawing Recess As Punishment. Does It Work?
168 Fostering Empathy in Young Children
169 Is Standardized Testing Producing a Creativity Crisis?
170 Developmentally Appropriate Discipline
171 The Value of Arts in Education
172 Children and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:What Classroom Teachers Should Know
173 Identifying and Nurturing the Gifted Child
174 Rewards for Academic Performance:A Good Idea?
175 Is Structured or Non-structured Recess The Way to Go?
176 The Benefits and Risks of Social Networking for Educators
177 Early Puberty: Causes and Implications for Educators
178 War, Gun, and Super Hero Play. Good or Bad?
179 What Are the Best Ways to Invest In Early Childhood Education?
180 Are Schools Effectively Teaching Collaboration?
181 Does Class Size Really Matter?
182 How to Make the Case For Movement in Education
183 Junk Science: Is The Concept of Multiple Learning Styles Bogus?
184 Are We Taking Playground Safety Too Far?
185 Automated Student Tracking: Is It Safe?
186 School Lunches: Part of the Problem, Part of the Solution
187 Are Children Smarter, Learning More, Sooner, Faster?
188 Will National K-3 Standards Harm or Help Young Children?
189 Can Kindergarten Standards Be Implemented in a Developmentally Appropriate Way?
190 Second Thoughts: Ooops! Why Rote Memorization is a Valid Teaching Tool
191 Pre-K Testing: The Good, the Bad and The Ugly
192 Study Challenges Classroom Free Play, Advocates Push Back
193 Moving Toward Child Development Requirements for Teachers
194 Ratings Scales for Child Care and Family Care Programs. Good, Bad or Just Ugly?
195 Should You Be Assigning Homework in Preschool?
196 Should You Have a Bachelors Degree to Work With Young Children? Maybe, Maybe Not
197 5 Ways Technology May Adversely Alter Child Development
198 At What Age Should Young Children be Exposed to Classroom Competition?
199 Why Kids Aren't Going Out to Play, Why They Should
200 Missing Students: A Bigger, Younger Problem Than We Think
201 Is Teaching Cursive Handwriting Still Important in This Digital Age?
202 Teaching Read: When is Too early, When is Too late?
203 Best Practices: Why is there a Disconnect Between What We Know and What We do?
204 Teaching Kids to Think Critically in the Age of Standardized Testing
205 Creating Praise Junkies: Are You Giving Children Too Much "Positive" Reinforcement?
206 Debunking 3 Big Fat Myths About Teaching Boys Versus Teaching Girls
207 Are We Moving From Common Standards to a Common Curriculum?
208 Managing Classroms With Punishment & Rewards
209 Understanding the Teacher/Parent Communications Gap
210 Why Play Time is Not Break Time
211 Yup! Today's Parents Are Different: What Teachers Need to Know to Survive
212 Bad Behavior: When to Ignore, When to Intervene
213 Time To Give "Time Out" a Time Out
214 Let's Get Real About What Makes A Good Teacher
215 How We Teach Girls To Have Unhealthy Self-Image
216 Avoiding Mistakes in Teaching Twins
217 When Is It Time to Quit Teaching?
218 Stealth Bullies: The Hidden Face of Bullying
219 Victims of Excellence: Teaching Children to Learn From Mistakes, Parents to Allow Them
220 Teachers Beat Down: 3 Ways to Fight Back Without Losing Your Job
221 Teaching Beyond The Test
222 Stressed Out Kids, Parents, Teachers, How to Cope
223 Handling Teacher Stress: Increase The Positive, Decrease The Negative
224 Fitting Fitness Into the Curriculum
225 Helping Parents Develop Appropriate Expectations for Their Children
226 How Much Homework Is Too Much?
227 Bringing Out a Child's Inner Spark
228 Trend Watch: Extreme Rote Teaching Growing in Popularity
229 Teaching Children Self Control
230 Nuturing Creativity and Curiosity
231 Bang! Bang!: Understanding Boys At Play
232 Understanding Different Learning Styles
233 Why Are Some Kids Are Smarter?
234 Teaching a First Born Child
235 Hey! Give Your Kids a Break!
236 Has kindergarten become the new first grade?
237 5 Myths About Children and Sports
238 Getting Dads in The Door
239 The Critical Need for Fantasy Play
240 Teaching Children to Listen
 

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