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Facing Our Fears in Our Careers

The one thing that absolutely NONE of us are looking forward to are the hard days we’ll have when we get into our classrooms. The days where things get tough after facing challenge after challenge with our students. No matter … Continue reading

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Resilient They Stand: Fostering Resilient Learners

What does the word “resilient” mean to you? In what context would you use it day-to-day, if ever? In students, resilient means that these students overcome sometimes extreme adversity, often revolving around trauma in their lives. These students wake up … Continue reading

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Let’s Assess the Situation

Assessing students’ learning is sometimes one of the hardest things to do as a teacher, and most often it is one of the things that students dread the most. Students who have test anxiety, or simply can’t think under pressure, … Continue reading

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Missing That Conception

“You know, Mr. Thomas, I heard that toilets flush backwards in Australia. Why is that?” What is a Misconception? In science, misconceptions are when background knowledge that the students have are wrong or inaccurate. This can prove problematic when you’re … Continue reading

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ENGAGED on a Budget

Keeping students engaged in the lessons is extremely important, and doing so can sometimes be costly. However, it doesn’t have to be! Being able to keep students engaged with new and interesting materials and visuals without breaking the bank is … Continue reading

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And At Last I See The Thinking: Making Thinking Visible

Making thinking apparently visible in the classroom is incredibly important if you want to be able to determine if your students are learning (and that should be something you want).  Ron Ritchhart thankfully has our back with his book, “Making … Continue reading

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My STEM Brings All The Minorities to the Lab

Name me a scientist. Now name me five more. Now, what do they all have in common? If I was a betting man, I’d bet that you just named me six white male scientists. Am I right? Yeah? That’s unfortunate, … Continue reading

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It’s Getting STE(A)My In Here

STE(A)M stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Its a great way to get your students engaged while also developing their love for the different sciences. Here is an activity that exemplifies STE(A)M: Gelatin Streaking! ENGAGE This activity is … Continue reading

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Constructing Your Knowledge

What is Constructivism? Constructivism is a theory that states that people construct their own understanding of the world through experiences and reflection. When you encounter a new experience, you must reconcile that experience with your past experiences. Sometimes, this will … Continue reading

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Stop. Cooperate and Listen.

I know the lyric is “collaborate” but I just had to okay. Cooperative learning is a great way to build teamwork in your classroom and get your students to take more responsibility for their learning. I know what you’re thinking, … Continue reading

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