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Teacher Resolutions that Work

For teachers, the return from the holiday break provides a perfect time to reflect. What has gone well so far this year? What could be better? I’d like to offer a bit of advice if you’re considering a New Year’s resolution—both some general ideas to keep in

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Teachers and Parents: Three Strategies to Help Focus on this Year, not Next

Teachers and Parents: Three Strategies to Help Focus on this Year, not Next

Today’s post comes to us from good friend and colleague, Kristen Vincent. To learn more about Kristen and her work, check out her bio at the end of this post! Many teachers and families are wrapping up the fall season of back-to-school nights, open house events, curriculum

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Teaching Math without Homework

I have always struggled with assigning math homework. I hate the idea of busywork, so work that seems too easy feels like a waste of time. Then again, assignments that are challenging don’t work either since I’m not there to support students when they need coaching. I

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Overcoming the October Blues: Six Competence-Boosting Strategies

Overcoming the October Blues: Six Competence-Boosting Strategies

In response to a recent Well-Balanced Teacher Facebook post about teacher burnout, a teacher quipped: “When it’s only a month into the school year and people already feel burnt out, stressed, and overwhelmed, there is a problem!” So why is October such a hard month for some

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How Well Do You Know Your Students?

How Well Do You Know Your Students?

The first weeks of school are winding down. The weather is cooling off and academic work is heating up. This is a great time to reflect on the relationships you’re building with your class. How well do you know your students? How well do your students know

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Math Teachers: Avoid the Homework Doom Loop

Math Teachers: Avoid the Homework Doom Loop

Math teachers, I have a warning for you. (Cue ominous music.) There’s a trap that’s lurking around the corner—one that many of us fall into at some point. (Cue increasingly ominous music.) And once you’re in, it’s hard to escape. It’s called…the Homework Doom Loop. (Cue anguished

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45 Routines to Teach in the First Weeks of School: A Good Start

45 Routines to Teach in the First Weeks of School: A Good Start

There are so many routines to teach early in the school year–it can be a bit overwhelming. Where do you begin? Of course, there is no one right answer–no definitive list. One way to start is to think about ones your students need to successfully navigate the

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Effective Modeling: 4 Key Components

Effective Modeling: 4 Key Components

It’s now widely recognized that teachers must teach students the routines of the classroom. This is actually a shift. Years ago, it was often just assumed that kids should know how to walk respectfully in the halls, get supplies and move around the room efficiently, and work

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School Leaders: Take Care of Your Teachers! 17 Ideas for Supporting Staff Health and Balance

School Leaders: Take Care of Your Teachers!  17 Ideas for Supporting Staff Health and Balance

Teachers are burning out at an alarming rate. Overworked and saddled with increasingly complex and overwhelming responsibilities, not to mention more challenging students and families, many teachers are suffering from exhaustion and chronic stress. Not surprisingly, this has a profound and negative impact on students. After all,

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A Few Classroom Design Ideas

A Few Classroom Design Ideas

Setting up classroom spaces has always been one of my favorite things to do as a teacher. Now, as a consultant, I love helping other teachers think of fun and practical ideas for designing great learning spaces. Last year, a brave teacher and I completely reworked her

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Leading Great Learning

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.