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A Secret to Great Teaching: Maintain a Beginner’s Mindset

"In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few." -- Zen...

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Bird is the WORD? Word Walls: Operational vs. Interactive

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1st Year Blues Survival Guide: 10 Ways to Battle Disillusionment

Are you feeling like the time & effort you pour into your classroom each day doesn’t seem to be...

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Video Playlist: Early Childhood Education

Through a grant from the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Foundation, Teaching Channel and First 5 San...

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3 Tech Tools That Help Teachers Stay Organized

My classroom was a pretty organized place. My students had cubbies and folder boxes where they kept...

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Lessons in Perseverance

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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 what I...

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4 Keys to Building Students’ Reading Lives

In October 2012, Pew Research Center published a report on teens' use of libraries and reading...

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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? Chances...

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A Step-by-Step Plan for Elementary Level Student-Led Conferences

Confession: I look forward to parent conferences. I value the opportunity to connect with families...

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When A Lesson Goes All Wrong

I'm afraid of mediocrity. That too-comfortable place where repetition and apprehension meet. In an...

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Seeing Results: The Impact of Tch Videos

As this year comes to a close, I want to share the results of our final Tchers' Voice Survey of...

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What My Favorite Math Routine Taught Me About Differentiation

When I taught a K/1 combination class, every year prospective parents would come to tour the...

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Emailing Parents: How to Avoid Unintended Consequences

We love it and we hate it. Email. With the appearance of a red flag or the sound of a friendly...

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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 I...

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Back to School To-Do List

The first few weeks of school can set the tone for the entire year. Though this might sound...

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Creating an Online Substitute

We all know that it takes twice the amount of work to be gone from a day of school. There's...

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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 for...

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