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    Parents and Teachers: How To Address Back To School Anxieties - Part I

    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? "Such questions will arise for all children but even more so for children who have formerly been bullied or excluded. We all face not being enough at times. Even popular children are anxious returning to school. It’s a new teacher, they’ve changed over the summer, were they unable to connect with their f ...

    by Karen Stone @eqforchildren.
    Monday, 22 August 2016
  • Digital Portfolios and Blogs: Use Authentic Technology, Not Technology Made for School

    Currently in my district we’ve had some preliminary talks regarding if/how digital portfolios could be implemented on a wide-scale. Of course, while the focus shouldn’t necessarily be on the technology, one of the first questions asked by everyone (both in and out of district) always involves what type of platform we have in mind. While these portfolio talks are only in their infancy, and we currently have no certain idea what will actually happen (in regards to what technology is chosen and ...

    by Ross Cooper | @RossCoops31
    Monday, 22 August 2016
  • CRAFT a Need-Satisfying Classroom

    I stunk it UP my first year of teaching! There was even talk of not having me back for a second year. I made many mistakes that year, but let’s start with the biggest mistake I made–getting into power struggles with students. When I started teaching, I thought things could go one of two ways in my classroom–MY way or the students’ way. I remember telling students to do something like their work, apologize, etc. and they wouldn’t do it. Wait. What?!? Did you miss the part that I am your teache ...

    by Allyson Apsey / @allysonapsey
    Monday, 22 August 2016
  • It's Been One Week...

    It's been one week since I said good-bye to the staff and students of Brookfield Elementary School. It's been one week since I started as a science teacher and department head at Camden's Promise Middle School, which is a part of Camden's Charter School Network. I know that nothing will ever be able to replace the experiences, staff, and students of my previous school and they will always hold a special place in my heart. With that being said, I could not be happier with my decision ...

    by Sean A. Thom | @SeanAThom
    Monday, 22 August 2016
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    A Nudge, Push and Kick in the Pants!

    The Olympics have always held a special place in my heart. Having had the opportunity to be a performer for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games ceremonies only increased my admiration for world-class athletes. I’m inspired by their work ethic, perseverance, determination, and drive to reach their goals and life-long dreams. Educators, like Olympic athletes, are champions too. But, I can’t help but think that some have lost their focus, their drive, their work ethic, and determination to ...

    by Sandy King @sandeeteach
    Monday, 22 August 2016
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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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