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A Few Tips for Teachers Giving Presentations

A Few Tips for Teachers Giving Presentations

It seems to be more and more common for teachers to give presentations to adult audiences. Whether it’s sharing with parents at an open house night, making a persuasive speech at a school board meeting, facilitating part of a faculty meeting, or presenting at a local or

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Without These Three Conditions, Student Choice Probably Won’t Work

Without These Three Conditions, Student Choice Probably Won’t Work

“If I give my students choice, I’m worried they’re going to make bad choices,” I often hear teachers say. “They’re just going to choose the easiest option. Or, they’re going to choose what their friends choose.” There’s no doubt that sometimes students will make poor choices. They

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Avoid the (Teacher) Summer Slide

Avoid the (Teacher) Summer Slide
Kids who completely disconnect from all literacy and math during the summer may experience the “summer slide.” They return to school in the fall rusty--with little school stamina. They may even lose academic ground that they gained the previous year. So too, when teachers completely disconnect fromRead more

Teach Social-Emotional Skills through Literacy Workshop

Teach Social-Emotional Skills through Literacy Workshop

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is a hot topic in schools right now—as it should be. It’s increasingly clear that social and emotional skills are the keys to the kingdom—it’s the skill set that employers are seeking—the skill set that’s less likely to be outsourced or automated as our economy

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36 Ideas for the Last Weeks of School

36 Ideas for the Last Weeks of School

We all know the importance of the first six weeks of school. We build positive relationships with students and a strong sense of community membership within our classes. We establish consistent and predictable routines to help students feel safe and allow them to navigate learning more independently. We also

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Getting Started with Cloning Yourself in the Classroom

Getting Started with Cloning Yourself in the Classroom

Here’s another great post by guest-blogger and teacher, Gillian Andrews. Enjoy! You may have read my previous blog post, Need More Teachers in the Classroom? Clone Yourself!, and thought this looks like a great idea in theory, but who has time? I get it! I’m a teacher.

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Need More Teachers in the Classroom? Clone Yourself!

Need More Teachers in the Classroom? Clone Yourself!
Today's cool idea comes to us from friend and colleague, Gillian Andrews. Make sure to check out her bio at the end of this post! How many times on any given day do you catch yourself saying, “I wish there were three of me?” In writing youRead more

Letting Students Make the Choice

Letting Students Make the Choice

Rick Gifford knew that a worksheet where students define words and then use them in a sentence wasn’t the most engaging way for them to learn and practice math vocabulary. He wanted to spruce things up and give his students some choice, but he was struggling to

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Homework: A Grievable Offense

Homework: A Grievable Offense

It’s the beginning of a new school year, and your energy and optimism are high. You’re looking forward to a wonderful year—full of new growth and learning. As you settle in with colleagues for the first staff meeting, you chat excitedly with people nearby. You’re eager to

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Teach Like Finland: A Must-Read for All Educators

Teach Like Finland: A Must-Read for All Educators

What if the best recipe for creating successful schools was developing relaxed, safe, and joyful ones? What if the key to raising achievement (even as measured by standardized tests) was to have students engage in authentic, student-driven, choice-based, and fun learning? What of this isn’t a pipe-dream

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Mike Anderson is an energetic, experienced, and highly sought-after educational consultant who helps facilitate great learning in schools all over the United States and beyond. He has over twenty years of experience as a teacher, consultant, presenter, and developer and has authored many books and articles about great teaching and learning.