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Teaching With Care: Fostering Resilient Learners

Adverse childhood experiences manifest themselves in our classroom. It is an undeniable reality of our world. School must be a safe space for all children, but especially those whose home is unsafe or unhealthy, as teachers, we have a pivotal … Continue reading

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Believe Me…

Think about the last time someone changed your mind about something. It could be anything: where to go to eat, what movie to watch, your opinion of another person, or how you eat a threeway (don’t twirl your fork). Was … Continue reading

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Constructing Student Knowledge: A Duckworth Approach

The foundation of learning is the construction of one’s own knowledge. This is an instrumental theory in education. Many philosophers have developed their own theories of the way children go through this process, the two most notable theorists are Jean … Continue reading

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Making Thinking Visible: Developing Habits of Critical Thinkers

Have you stood in front of a room full of 30 students, all eyes are on you, maybe your lecturing about the carbon cycle, and all you see are blank faces? You’ve probably thought to yourself, “gee I wish I … Continue reading

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Rethinking Thinking: Constructivism in the Science Classroom

“Tabula rasa.” This is what my teacher used to say to us in my 10th grade drama class. He’d tell us that everything we knew about acting was incorrect, and that everything we had learned was wrong. Tabula rasa translates … Continue reading

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Cooperative Learning: Team Work Makes the Dream Work

Getting Started One of the many benefits of cooperative learning is the development of social skills through team building. In order for you and your students to get the most out of your cooperative learning experience you have to start … Continue reading

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Intrinsic Motivation: Getting Behind the Wheel of Your Own Learning

Teachers are always looking for ways to get their students to connect more deeply with the content in the classroom. This is often manifested in a lot of hard work on the teacher side of things. Sometimes this is all … Continue reading

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Going Where No Teacher Has Gone Before… THE MARGINS!

Picture this: you’re floating in space, among the thousands of stars, galaxies, and nebulae. You pass by shooting star, and on that shooting star is a tiny alien holding up a sign that says, “follow me!” We follow our tiny … Continue reading

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Exemplary Science Teachers: the Art of Teaching Science

I bet if you asked 100 students about their favorite part of science class, you wouldn’t hear about their favorite worksheet, or the lecture on cell structure. However, you might here about the time they took a trip to the … Continue reading

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