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  • How to Create a Partnership Based on Student Strengths

    Excerpted from Discipline Survival Guide for the Secondary Teacher “It is no secret that the relationship we build with our students affects their success. A positive relationship with our students is one of our strongest defenses against disruptive behavior. Often we try to stop misbehavior with a flurry of negative commands and injunctions against behaviors that students find more natural than the more formal or productive ones we try to teach. Many students can recite dozens of things they ...

    by Julia G. Thompson
    Sunday, 30 August 2015
  • Six Words Can Shape a Lesson

      Inspired by a project at Smith Magazine Six Word Memoirs are a great tool to use in the classroom. With students feeling the pressure of producing more, turn thae tables on them and have them write less while continuing to use critical thinking skills. Here are some ideas inspired by Six Word Memoirs:   Introduction Have students write their life story in six words and use them to introduce each other in new classes. On my first day, students took turns randomly opening ...

    by Susan Barber
    Saturday, 29 August 2015
  • Power of Our Words

    The Power of Encouragement vs. Praise in Teaching and Learning

      Over the years I’ve conducted multiple interviews and written multiple pieces on the topic of praising kids. Or, more precisely, the perils of praising kids. Many experts and a great deal of research point to the pitfalls of offering children too much praise (“Good job!”), empty praise (“Good job!”), or false praise (“Good job!”). Still, the practice persists. It appears that offering praise – regardless of the specific words used – is a tough habit to break. The problem, I believe, is ...

    by Rae Pica
    Monday, 24 August 2015
  • Anxiety Doesn't Bleed

    He arrived at my school a disheveled first grader. Severely disabled with mental illness, devoid of emotion or affect, like an automaton, and lacking any semblance of a moral compass. If you are an educator, you undoubtedly have taught one or two students at some point in your career who were difficult to reach, but who profoundly touched you. Jonathan was that student for me.  I recently learned that Jonathan had taken his own life at the age of 16. Hearing of his passing, I immediately th ...

    by Jim Detwiler
    Sunday, 23 August 2015
  • A Response to Professors Banning Laptops

    Banning Laptops in The Lecture Hall I've been hearing about big changes in education since I started teaching nearly 20 years ago. In recent years, I've actually been seeing some real innovation that has challenged teachers to move beyond the same model of instruction that we have been using for centuries.  My optimism faded a bit, however, after reading an article from The Globe and Mail, "Professors Push Back Against Laptops in the Lecture Hall."  The article provides another exampl ...

    by Nick LaFave
    Saturday, 22 August 2015
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Back to School: Recovering the Passion To Make a Difference

Gail Connelly with Former U.S Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch

pic Historian and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch travels the nation speaking to educators and says that the depth of discouragement in the field is at an all time high. Why are so many educators demoralized? More importantly, how can those who feel this way recover their passion to make a difference? Diane offers some great advice.
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