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End of the Year Celebrations: 6 Ideas For You and Your Students

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Posted on June 17th, 2015 in Certification Map | No Comments »

As the end of the year rapidly approaches, it’s party time for students–and teachers–everywhere. The end of the year can be a both exciting and stressful time, and what better way to celebrate the achievements of your students and destress a bit than with a celebration. While it’s easy enough to say, “We’re having a […]

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Why You Should Incorporate Movement Into Your Classroom

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Posted on April 27th, 2015 in Classroom Resources | No Comments »

Getting students to sit still during class time can be a tall order. But what if having them move around could actually serve your lesson plans better? That’s the theory behind movement-based education. Active lessons, like the “planet dances” Anne Green Gilbert writes about for Johns Hopkins, or experimental activities like the butter churning activity […]

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6 Ways to Get Your Classroom’s Attention

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Posted on April 6th, 2015 in Classroom Resources | 8 Comments »

New teachers, don’t stress! Here are 6 strategies for effective classroom management and student participation.

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Plan the Perfect Field Trip: 5 Key Steps

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Posted on February 12th, 2015 in Certification Map | No Comments »

Got a genius idea for a field trip? Here’s how to take it from an idea to a memorable experience for your students. Get approval Much like applying for a grant, you need to know where a trip fits into your curriculum to get approval from your school’s principal or administrator. Maybe a visit to […]

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Why You Should Still Care About the Common Core Standards

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Posted on January 26th, 2015 in Classroom Resources | No Comments »

Barely five years old, the Common Core Standards Initiative is the largest-ever national attempt to set unified expectations for what students in grades K–12 should know and be able to do in order to be college and career ready. In short, they’re designed to ensure that every student in every state is on the same […]

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Teachers’ Guide to Proposal Writing

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Posted on December 2nd, 2014 in Classroom Resources | 12 Comments »

The trouble with big, brilliant ideas for your classroom is that they tend to cost money. Maybe you’d love to have a school garden, or a set of class iPads to flip your classroom with. Maybe you want better microscopes for your science classes, or a trip to Salem, Massachusetts for your English class’s unit […]

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What is National Board Certification?

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Posted on October 21st, 2014 in Certification Map | No Comments »

The new school year is now under way, and you may be doing some big thinking when it comes to your classroom. Maybe you’ve had some time to reflect on your last year of teaching, and are looking to refresh your usual teaching style. If that’s you, you’re probably looking into professional development opportunities — […]

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10 Best Apps for ESL Teachers

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Posted on October 9th, 2014 in Certification Map | 1 Comment »

When it comes to teaching English as a Second Language, showing is every bit as important as telling. Students need to see pictures or videos of actions while learning verbs, just as they need to hear phonetics to fully grasp new words. Thanks to an incredible variety of apps, creating a learning experience involving sights […]

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It’s Not Always Cool to be Cool: Guiding Middle School Students Down the Right Path

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Posted on October 2nd, 2014 in Certification Map | No Comments »

When you reflect on your time spent in middle school, the word “awkward” may come to mind. It is a strange transitional period when students are no longer children yet barely adolescents. They struggle to find themselves and figure out where they fit in with their peers. Since middle school can be such a difficult […]

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How Schools are Preserving the Arts

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Posted on September 23rd, 2014 in Certification Map | No Comments »

With many states implementing new teaching evaluation systems and testing regiments, it comes as no surprise that the arts have been struggling to stay afloat as schools focus on allocating more resources toward math and literacy, especially schools that hope to show annual growth in these key areas. These changes are affecting our teachers too. […]

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