Entries related to: classroom-experiences

Talent is Overrated

We all have books that come to us at one time or another, as though they've chosen us instead of...

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Teacher of the Week: The Chicago Academy's Sandra Oliva

What does it take to be an unsung hero in an AUSL elementary school?

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Beyond Parent-Teacher Conferences: Building Connections That Last

When I first started teaching, I was intimidated by parent-teacher conferences. I knew the...

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Lessons in Perseverance

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Three Big Ideas to Reach and Guide Students

"He's a white man trapped in a black man's body."

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A Tale of Two High School Advisory Programs

Most high schools have some sort of advisory program built into their ecology—a time when a...

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Being Effective Without a Classroom

I often get emails from our members with very thoughtful questions. And then I think exactly...

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Keeping it Positive in Your Classroom

Ever felt like your classroom was the arena for a tug of war between you and your students?...

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Never Easy, But Essential: Tough Conversations in the Classroom

Sometimes they happen unexpectedly and other times we have to gear up for them. Regardless of...

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14 Ways to Cultivate Classroom Chemistry

It's only September and I'm already thinking June. Not because I'm counting down days or because...

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Doors Wide Open: Reflections on the First Day

In 15 years, I haven't been able to escape the dreams that start appearing on the fringes of my...

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Heavy Boots: Tragedy in the Classroom

I stood there in front of my students, completely inept in this moment as I tried to find the...

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Top 4 Ingredients for Differentiation

In our recent Tchers' Voice Survey, you told us you want more, More, MORE, on differentiation....

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Classroom Crisis: An Effective Post-vention Plan

Perhaps one of the primary reasons our school community in Johnston, Iowa is healing resides in...

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A Necessary Spark

As the new semester unfolds after winter break, I seem to find myself back in some "beginning"...

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Advice for a New Teacher

Before the holidays we posted an email from a struggling new teacher asking for advice. I asked...

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Johnston Forward: How I Found My Classroom

There are moments that take us by surprise, that push us out of our comfort zones, that are...

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