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1 Counterproductive School Policies: When to Stand Up, When to Stand Down
2 Time to Get Rid of Grades? What Exactly Stands in the Way?
3 Squeezing Social-Emotion Learning into The Common Core
4 How Much Technology in the Classroom is Too Much?
5 Four Must-Know Tips for Giving Effective Feedback to Students
6 Too Much, Too Fast: Coping with the New Speed of Change in Education
7 Why Handwriting Still Matters in the Digital Age
8 Helping Parents Understand the New Strategies for Teaching and Learning
9 Why Working Toward a Common Goal Is More Important Than Getting an "A"
10 Setting Up Your Classroom to Maximize Collaborative Learning
11 Creating the Ideal Relationship With Your Students
12 Being There for Students When You're Emotionally Unavailable
13 Five Counterintuitive Ways to Be a Better Teacher This School Year
14 Teacher-Funded School Supplies: Reducing the Burden Without Harming Kids
15 Things To Do Now to Be Better Organized When You Head Back to School
16 The CRAP Test: Teaching Students to Critically Evaluate the Quality of Online Information
17 Overcoming Burnout: Why Overwhelmed Is the New Normal and What to Do About It - PART II
18 Overcoming Burnout: Why Overwhelmed Is the New Normal and What to Do About It - PART I
19 Do You Have A Summer Reading List? Here Are Some Recommendations
20 Ending the School Year: Recharging Your Batteries
21 When Students Fail: What Does it Really Mean? What's a Teacher to Do?
22 Five Things Every Teacher Should Know About Teaching Students in Poverty
23 Using Humor to Get Students to the Top of Bloom's Taxonomy
24 Helping Young Kids Learn to Resolve and Manage Conflict
25 10 Smart Ways to End the School Day
26 Tips for Teaching Controversial Topics
27 Stepping Toward Sensible, Valid Teacher Evaluations
28 Using Social Media with Parents: What Works, What to Avoid
29 What Savvy Teachers Know About Managing Disruptive Student Behavior
30 Using Social Media With Students: What Works, What to Avoid
31 Ten Ways to Make Test Prep Fun
32 Why Students Tune out: Five Ways to Get Students to Listen and Hear
33 Getting Students (and Ourselves) Over the Third- Quarter Slump
34 Timely Tax Tips for Teachers
35 Creating Trouble-free Transitions
36 Helping Stress-Out Students Stress Less
37 Motivating Unmotivated Students
38 Three Things Every Educator Should Know About Teaching Black Boys
39 The Hidden Challenges of Teaching Homeless Students
40 Rethinking Classroom Cell Phone Policies, High-Tech Cheating and the Meaning of Google Glass
41 Two Teachers Share Their Candid Views on Dealing with "The System"
42 Looking Back, Looking Ahead to 2014
43 Designing Questions that Drive Real Learning
44 The Most Common Mistakes Teachers Make with Introverted Students
45 Hidden Causes of the Achievement Gap Between Boys and Girls
46 Balancing Act: Celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza in School
47 Will This Be on the Test?: Making Content Relevant
48 Balancing Act: Celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza in School
49 How Teachers Can Help Students Embrace the Role of Failure in Learning
50 The Classic Classroom Management Mistake and How to Avoid It
51 Trusting Students to Lead Their Learning: Does It Really Work? If So, How?
52 Hidden Causes of Low Parental Engagement in Urban Schools and What to Do About It
53 What To Do When Good Lesson Plans Go Wrong
54 Teacher/Parent Relationships: When the Going Gets Rough
55 Helping Students to Cope With Tragedy
56 Getting Beyond Burnout
57 Staying Motivated, Passionate and Excited About Teaching
58 How the Communications Culture of Your School Impacts You
59 Student-Led Parent-Teacher conferences
60 Teacher Voice: How to Make Sure That When You Speak People Listen
61 Quickly Creating a Sense of Community in Your Classroom
62 Tracking Students Was Dead, But Now...
63 Your Classroom Management Plan for Day One: Setting Expectations
64 Making a Good Impression on Your First Day of Class
65 iLiteracy: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction Online
66 Student Plagiarism in the Digital Age: Easier to Do, Easier to Catch, Still a Challenge
67 Advanced Degrees? Additional Credentials?: What Teachers Really Need
68 Is the Sage on the Stage Really Dead? Yes. Well, Almost...
69 The Path to Reclaiming the Teaching Profession
70 Teaching Creativity in a Climate That Discourages It
71 Summertime: How Best to Spend the Time Off
72 Teaching Creativity: Can It Really Be Done?
73 Is Staying Connected the Solution to Teacher Discouragement?
74 Rethinking Boundaries Between Teachers and Students: Tough Teacher, Trusted Friend Or...
75 Many Teachers Discouraged, Many Not, The Difference Is...
76 Classroom Management: Yes, Bribes and Threats Work But....
77 Five Classroom Problems Directly Traceable to Student Sleep Deprivation
78 Are You Prepared To Teach Gifted Kids? Top Dos and Don'ts
79 Developing Higher-Order Teaching Skills for Educational Technology
80 Do You Have to Be an Entertainer to Engage Your Students?
81 Alternative Professional Development: The Good, the Bad and the Better
82 Surviving and Thriving on a Teacher's Salary
83 Surving the Perils and Challenges of Grading
84 Dealing With Difficult, Negative, Toxic Peers
85 Managing The Hidden Differences in Your Classroom
86 Boycotting Standardized Tests: Good Idea? Will It Make a Difference?
87 Children Playing With Toy Guns and Imaginary Assault Weapons In School, Problem?
88 How PLNs are Transforming Education and Returning Classrooms to Teachers
89 Homework? Really? That's So 1950s
90 Lonely, Isolated Educators: Why?
91 Project Based Learning: Integrating Technology
92 Overcoming the Six Biggest Objections to Project-Based Learning (PBL)
93 When Angry Parents Target Teachers, What to Do.
94 Dress Codes: Teachers, Tattoos, Piercings and Provocative Dress: Fashion Anarchy v. Fashion Facism?
95 Keeping Up with the Pace of Education Technology
96 Teachers Watching Teachers: Keys to Peer Observation
97 Shocked, Sad, Angry:Coping With School Tragedies, What Do We Do Now?
98 OMG, I'm Being Watched:Preparing for and Surviving Classroom Observation
99 Managing the Growing Demands of Teaching
100 Everybody Wants a Piece of Me: Setting Boundaries in a 24/7 World
101 Handling Bumps, Bruises and Breaks in a Litigious, Overprotective Climate
102 Teaching in the Age of Entitlement: How to Avoid Contributing to the Problem
103 Three Ways to Get the Most Out of Professional Conferences
104 Cell Phones in the Classroom: Distraction or Undervalued Teaching Tool?
105 Accommodating Left-Handed Students in a Right-Handed World
106 Teaching Students with Autism in an Integrated Classroom
107 When Students Push Your Buttons
108 Teaching Students with Learning Difficulties
109 How to Teach and Have a Life Too
110 Three Reasons to Actively Seek Criticism Versus Avoiding it
111 Moving Beyond the One Right Answer Trap
112 Three Do's and Don'ts to Start the School Year Right
113 The Hidden Cost of Teaching: Spending Out of Pocket
114 What to Do With Students Who Feel Entitled to Succeed Without Effort
115 Dealing With Parents Who Expect Special Treatment for Their Child
116 What Type of Teacher are You, Lone Ranger or Team Player?
117 What, Teaching STEM in Preschool, Really?
118 The Three Best Ways to Stay Passionate About Teaching No Matter What
119 Face to Face Versus Online Professional Development
120 Stop Teaching to the Test, Start Teaching to the Culture
121 What is the Best Way to Assess the Progress of Young Children?
122 Teaching and Caring for Shy, Socially Sensitive Children
123 Play Dough or iPads in Early Childhood? Experts say Both but...
124 Five Ways to Get Young Children to Sit Down and Shut Up, Well Sort of...
125 Why Young Children Bite, How to Talk About It, How to Manage It
126 Child Abuse:Understanding the Mandatory Reporting Requirements
127 Student Food Allergies: What Every Educator Needs to Know
128 Ganging Up to Fight Bullying
129 Oh Come on! Banning Chocolate Milk...Really?
130 Playing it Safe, Too Safe?
131 5 Proven Tips for Teaching Children with Attention Deficit Problems
132 Tell Me Again, Why Are We Arguing about Professionalism?
133 Why Do So Many Educators Feel Devalued by Other Educators?
134 Fine Motor Skills: What Are They, Why Are They Too Important to Overlook?
135 Four Strategies for Managing Unmanageable Students In The Classroom
136 How Classroom Setup and Clutter Affect Learning and Behavior
137 Is Teaching Keyboarding in Kindergarten Developmentally Appropriate?
138 Three Great Reasons and Ways to Move Your Classroom Outdoors
139 Teaching Together: Moving from Isolation to Collaboration
140 OMG! Parent -Teacher Conferences: Why They Fail, Making Them Work
141 Touching Children in the Classroom: Why No Touch Policies Are Harmful
142 Creating a Non-Competitive Climate for Children
143 Understanding the Child's Mind Body Connection
144 How to Help Children Learn to Read Well
145 The Dangers of Praising Children Inappropriately
146 High Test Scores, Low Learning: Why Good Grades Are Not Enough
147 Early Childhod Burnout: Are You Pushing Your Children Too Hard?
148 Developing Genuine Versus Phony Self Esteem in Children
149 Bringing Out Individual Talents in Children
150 The Importance of Being a Playful Teacher
151 Coping With The Parent From Hell!
152 Worksheets, Bad? Good? Depends...
153 Right & Wrong Ways to Teach Creativity to Young Children
154 Unteaching The Bad Behaviors Children Bring From Home
155 Teaching Strategies:How to Deal with Temper Tantrums in the Classroom
156 Digital Media: Great Teaching Tool or Big Liability in the Classroom
157 Teaching Strategies:Handling Young Students Who Just Won't Sit Still
158 Child Guided Versus Teacher Directed Teaching. What's The difference? Why it Matters?
159 Why Letting Children Fail Is Critical to Success
160 Five Reasons Why Children Are Often Burned Out by Third Grade
161 It's Not Developmentally Appropriate. So What?
162 Stress Based Learning Disabilities in Young Children
163 When Parents & Teachers Disagree About What Is Developmentally Appropriate
164 Five Tested Tips for Resolving Conflicts Among Young Children
165 Solving The Growing Physical Inactivity Crisis
166 Identifying & Nurturing the Intelligence of Movement
167 Settling The Great Bilingual Education Debate
168 Should Sex Education Begin in Kindergarten?
169 Nap Time - Needed Break or Waste of Time?
170 Handling Inappropriate Sexual Behavior in Early Childhood Settings
171 Learning From What's Working
172 Withdrawing Recess As Punishment. Does It Work?
173 Fostering Empathy in Young Children
174 Is Standardized Testing Producing a Creativity Crisis?
175 Developmentally Appropriate Discipline
176 The Value of Arts in Education
177 Children and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:What Classroom Teachers Should Know
178 Identifying and Nurturing the Gifted Child
179 Rewards for Academic Performance:A Good Idea?
180 Is Structured or Non-structured Recess The Way to Go?
181 The Benefits and Risks of Social Networking for Educators
182 Early Puberty: Causes and Implications for Educators
183 War, Gun, and Super Hero Play. Good or Bad?
184 What Are the Best Ways to Invest In Early Childhood Education?
185 Are Schools Effectively Teaching Collaboration?
186 Does Class Size Really Matter?
187 How to Make the Case For Movement in Education
188 Junk Science: Is The Concept of Multiple Learning Styles Bogus?
189 Are We Taking Playground Safety Too Far?
190 Automated Student Tracking: Is It Safe?
191 School Lunches: Part of the Problem, Part of the Solution
192 Are Children Smarter, Learning More, Sooner, Faster?
193 Will National K-3 Standards Harm or Help Young Children?
194 Can Kindergarten Standards Be Implemented in a Developmentally Appropriate Way?
195 Second Thoughts: Ooops! Why Rote Memorization is a Valid Teaching Tool
196 Pre-K Testing: The Good, the Bad and The Ugly
197 Study Challenges Classroom Free Play, Advocates Push Back
198 Moving Toward Child Development Requirements for Teachers
199 Ratings Scales for Child Care and Family Care Programs. Good, Bad or Just Ugly?
200 Should You Be Assigning Homework in Preschool?
201 Should You Have a Bachelors Degree to Work With Young Children? Maybe, Maybe Not
202 5 Ways Technology May Adversely Alter Child Development
203 At What Age Should Young Children be Exposed to Classroom Competition?
204 Why Kids Aren't Going Out to Play, Why They Should
205 Missing Students: A Bigger, Younger Problem Than We Think
206 Is Teaching Cursive Handwriting Still Important in This Digital Age?
207 Teaching Read: When is Too early, When is Too late?
208 Best Practices: Why is there a Disconnect Between What We Know and What We do?
209 Teaching Kids to Think Critically in the Age of Standardized Testing
210 Creating Praise Junkies: Are You Giving Children Too Much "Positive" Reinforcement?
211 Debunking 3 Big Fat Myths About Teaching Boys Versus Teaching Girls
212 Are We Moving From Common Standards to a Common Curriculum?
213 Managing Classroms With Punishment & Rewards
214 Understanding the Teacher/Parent Communications Gap
215 Why Play Time is Not Break Time
216 Yup! Today's Parents Are Different: What Teachers Need to Know to Survive
217 Bad Behavior: When to Ignore, When to Intervene
218 Time To Give "Time Out" a Time Out
219 Let's Get Real About What Makes A Good Teacher
220 How We Teach Girls To Have Unhealthy Self-Image
221 Avoiding Mistakes in Teaching Twins
222 When Is It Time to Quit Teaching?
223 Stealth Bullies: The Hidden Face of Bullying
224 Victims of Excellence: Teaching Children to Learn From Mistakes, Parents to Allow Them
225 Teachers Beat Down: 3 Ways to Fight Back Without Losing Your Job
226 Teaching Beyond The Test
227 Stressed Out Kids, Parents, Teachers, How to Cope
228 Handling Teacher Stress: Increase The Positive, Decrease The Negative
229 Fitting Fitness Into the Curriculum
230 Helping Parents Develop Appropriate Expectations for Their Children
231 How Much Homework Is Too Much?
232 Bringing Out a Child's Inner Spark
233 Trend Watch: Extreme Rote Teaching Growing in Popularity
234 Teaching Children Self Control
235 Nuturing Creativity and Curiosity
236 Bang! Bang!: Understanding Boys At Play
237 Understanding Different Learning Styles
238 Why Are Some Kids Are Smarter?
239 Teaching a First Born Child
240 Hey! Give Your Kids a Break!
241 Has kindergarten become the new first grade?
242 5 Myths About Children and Sports
243 Getting Dads in The Door
244 The Critical Need for Fantasy Play
245 Teaching Children to Listen

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