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What if my students don’t like me and we don’t connect? Overcoming the back-to-school teacher jitters –

Are you having back to school nightmares? I always did, every year I was in the classroom. It was awful during my first few years–I barely slept in the weeks leading up to the first day. And the year I transferred from PreK to third grade I thought I had insomnia, it was so bad. […]

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How many of us feel this way sometimes? Especially at the beginning of the year. This is a must for first year teachers. Ms. Watson does a great job in putting it all in perspective.

044: A Teacher’s Summer Playlist: Taylor Swift… Ignore the Naysayers! | Teachonomy

In this episode, I will be focusing on a message that Taylor Swift often sends to her millions of fans in order to uplift and inspire them

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Very cool podcast, never thought about Taylor Swifts lyrics. Guess you find something new out every day. Enjoy!

Demolishing the Myth of the Grumpy, Crusty, Burned-Out Veteran Teacher – Education Week Teacher

Veteran teachers should be valued for their expertise, not stereotyped and pushed out of the classroom, argues Justin Minkel.

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Why Stickers, Pizza Parties, and Tickets Didn’t Work in My Classroom – A.J. JULIANI

It was towards the middle of my first year teaching (8th grade) when it hit me: My class was spinning out of control, and it was all my fault. I was an eager first-year teacher, with

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Some really good points made about rewards in the classroom, or for that matter in any work environment. A couple of books were mentioned that I added to my wish list. Food for thought for this upcoming school year. Of at the end A.J. Juliani discusses the Genius Hour project. Which I try to do every year. But the other points, I think, really hit the mark about rewards. Again Thank You Mr. Juliani for making me think about my classroom and how it works.

Punished by Rewards Quotes

Classroom of Choice by Jonathan C. Erwin

Hermione: 3 Spells to Cast as a Leader | Teachonomy

Hermione wields the wand of change.  By casting her spell through her adventures, she changes the narrative and gives us the realization of a female hero that girls look up to and boys revere. As leaders, we can learn a lot through taking a closer look at Hermione.  She demonstrates so many qualities that are […]

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 Sometimes the slightest act of kindness brings about the largest impact in the long run.  ” Love this quote from the article. Sometimes we forget as teachers that we need to slow down and listen. This is part of becoming a good leader in the classroom. Love this article and think the 3 spells are great advice. 

Riding Light on Vimeo

This is a really cool video. Its 45 minutes long but you could use parts of it to show students the speed of light. I think I would use it during our Solar System unit and for each planet show the section in the video that corresponds. By the time we finish they would have seen the whole video. Just a thought!

Integrating technology in class for great results: 6 tips from an expert – Microsoft EDU

New tools should not only engage students and fit seamlessly into lessons, but also add value without taking away from the many “musts” on every teacher’s list.

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I like number two and it fits in well with Blended Learning classroom. And how many different technology tools do you use? In today’s world we have tons of choices, but I finally figured out pick the favorites and stick with them. My reflection always includes a survey to my students asking them for their thoughts on the assignment or technology we used.

Why Virtual Reality has the Potential to Transform Education as We Know It – The Tech Edvocate

Virtual reality has been on the radar since Morton Heilig’s Sensorama in the 1950s, and head mounted versions of the technology were even around in the 1960s. But it wasn’t until recently that its use has become less of a novelty and more of a commonality. Console games and smartphone adapters have brought the potential of virtual reality into the lives of everyday people. And soon, that technology will enter the classroom. Now, the big question is how these emerging technologies will transform education as we know it. While that question might not be fully answered for some time, it […]

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Some interesting points on Virtual Reality

Improving Pop-Up Debates: Better Prompts – Dave Stuart Jr.

I’ve held more than a few pop-up debates that went badly, and I could trace the badness back to before the debate started. What am I talking about? The Plague of the Poorly Formulated Pop-Up Debate Prompt. Recently, I was reading through Les Lynn’s blog (Les founded Argument-Centered Education, and his blog is the Debatifier) and […]

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Great idea for Climate Argument Lesson. We all know this has become a hot topic. Having students see both sides of the argument will help to create the next generation of informed citizens.

The Game of School vs. The Game of Life – A.J. JULIANI

My daughter is in 2nd grade. She loves learning (seriously, she comes home every day excited about Flat Stanley, moving to multiplication, a piece of art she made, or something she learned while in school).

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Please watch the movie! “Alike” it was great. It really addressed what we do to our children and students sometimes. Every teacher should watch this movie.