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  • Tips for Teachers Working With Medically Fragile Students

    Posted on Nov 20, 2014 under From the Principal's Office
    When I tell people that one of my earliest post-college jobs was volunteer director at a camp for children with cancer, I usually get what I call the “sad head shake.” This is, of course, the natural reaction of someone who thinks that such a camp is a dark and difficult place. Instead, it was... Read the rest
  • Online Instructor Guides: Giving Effective Assignments

    Posted on Nov 19, 2014 under Featured Stories
    Online instructors face a set of unique challenges. Because students don’t have the benefit of verbal explanations or clarification when assignments are given, online coursework guidelines must be even more descriptive and accessible than they are in traditional classrooms. While it is entirely possible to use the same projects in face-to-face and online classes, there... Read the rest
  • District Office Leaders: Maintaining Momentum While Passing the Torch

    Posted on Nov 18, 2014 under Leaders' Link
    Whenever a school loses its principal, district leaders face a challenge. Whether a school is on an upward trajectory or struggling, it’s hard to find the right leader to either maintain positive momentum or engineer a turnaround. Principal selection requires district leaders to see opportunity, avoid jeopardy Unfortunately, collateral damage often occurs at struggling schools... Read the rest

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  • Online Instructor Guides: Giving Effective Assignments

    Posted on Nov 19, 2014 under Featured Stories
    Online instructors face a set of unique challenges. Because students don’t have the benefit of verbal explanations or clarification when assignments are given, online coursework guidelines must be even more descriptive and accessible than they are in traditional classrooms. While it is entirely possible to use the same projects in face-to-face and online classes, there... Read the rest
  • Rubric’s Cue: What's the Best Way to Grade Essays?

    Posted on Nov 12, 2014 under Featured Stories
    Because teaching is filled with spirited debate about best practices, the passionate responses to the National Council of Teachers of English’s recent Facebook post asking how instructors feel about grading rubrics should be no surprise. Some teachers embrace rubrics as an incredible device for communicating instructor expectations and grading students’ written work. Critics complain that... Read the rest
  • An Online Instructor's Guide to Better Discussion Boards

    Posted on Nov 11, 2014 under Featured Stories
    Online courses can be an isolating experience for teachers and students alike. The Internet wall makes it more difficult for students to get to know each other and their teachers, which can make it more troublesome to facilitate the same rapport among classmates that often exists in face-to-face classes. The bane of online learning: Why... Read the rest

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  • Six Steps to Bring Peer Review into Your Classroom

    Posted on Nov 1, 2013 under Classroom Resources
    Peer review (also known as peer editing) is a great way to help children improve their writing skills and learn to interact socially. We’ve listed some tips for educators on how to integrate peer review strategies into their learning environments that will help students communicate better and enhance the educational setting: Help students understand the... Read the rest
  • Five Free Websites for Students to Build Research Skills

    Posted on Apr 30, 2013 under Classroom Resources
    Finding free Web resources for building research skills is essential for teachers who are on a restricted budget. Teachers can use the Internet to access amazing research resources, thanks to the U.S. government. From finding lesson plans to scanning patent applications, teachers can uncover a wealth of information on history, art, science, language arts, math,... Read the rest
  • 3 Free Online Resources for Elementary Teachers

    Posted on Mar 14, 2013 under Classroom Resources
    Providing instruction to a class of students can be helped when there are free resources available to elementary teachers. The resources offer tips, advice, lessons plans and information that teachers find useful for different areas of study. By using the resources, teachers will have access to the experience of others, creative new ideas and great... Read the rest

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  • ‘Geometry Pro’ App Helps Students Master the Basics

    Posted on Sep 10, 2014 under Educational Technology
    Knowing how to calculate volume, area and perimeters isn’t just reserved for mathematicians, physicists and engineers. It’s an important skill that workers use every day in dozens of professions including carpenters, surveyors, landscapers, painters and architects. And it all starts with simple geometry. Geometry has been a part of most middle and high school math... Read the rest
  • Mobile App Puts Periodic Table in Students’ Hands

    Posted on Sep 2, 2014 under Educational Technology
    For generations of chemistry students, the Periodic Table of the Elements has been a must-have tool for solving science homework problems and completing classroom tests. Scientists developed the periodic table in the late 19th century to organize elements, the basic building blocks of ordinary matter, into a cohesive document that can be studied and shared. The... Read the rest
  • C-SPAN Classroom is an Important Tool for Social Studies Teachers

    Posted on Aug 27, 2014 under Educational Technology
    Now is a great time to be a social studies or government teacher, thanks in part to a multitude of technology resources that can help educators engage students, promote classroom deliberation and develop rich K-12 lesson plans. An excellent example of those resources is the website C-SPAN Classroom, which provides high-quality, up-to-date teaching materials for... Read the rest

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  • District Office Leaders: Maintaining Momentum While Passing the Torch

    Posted on Nov 18, 2014 under Leaders' Link
    Whenever a school loses its principal, district leaders face a challenge. Whether a school is on an upward trajectory or struggling, it’s hard to find the right leader to either maintain positive momentum or engineer a turnaround. Principal selection requires district leaders to see opportunity, avoid jeopardy Unfortunately, collateral damage often occurs at struggling schools... Read the rest
  • Principal as Instructional Coach: AP Leadership and Teacher Evaluations

    Posted on Nov 4, 2014 under Leaders' Link
    Another important topic of consideration for principals in this series on developing assistant principal leadership is building your assistant principal’s expertise in teacher evaluation. Your AP will be expected to evaluate teachers immediately despite the fact that she has never done so before, and has only experienced the evaluation process as a teacher. She may... Read the rest
  • Just for APs: Logical Consequences to Change a Fighting Culture

    Posted on Oct 28, 2014 under Leaders' Link
    Perhaps the most controversial action I took as a principal addressing my school’s fighting culture was imposing a new kind of consequence upon the fighters: cooperating on a project. To help accomplish this, I used our school’s full-time school community liaison (CL), funded from a grant, who worked in a variety of roles with parents... Read the rest

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  • Science Teacher Career: Job, Education and Salary Information

    Posted on Oct 15, 2014 under Teaching Careers
    Teaching science is a rewarding career for people with an aptitude and passion for the subject. Science teaching jobs can appeal to college students majoring in a science discipline, as well as to professionals who decide to switch careers later in life and teach science. Demand for teachers within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and... Read the rest
  • Teaching License Reciprocity Explained

    Posted on Oct 23, 2012 under Teaching Careers
    If you’re an educator who wants to know how mobile teaching certificates are in your state, searching for information online may not be helpful. If you Google “teaching license reciprocity” and read through the results, it’s easy to come away without a clear answer. That’s because the term can have different meanings. Many searches on... Read the rest
  • Adult GED Teacher - Job Description and Salary Information

    Posted on Oct 4, 2012 under Teaching Careers
    Do you enjoy working with adults who are attempting to improve their lives? Do you enjoy teaching others new skills and watching as they succeed with the knowledge you have helped them attain? If so, an adult GED teacher may be a good job choice for you. A GED teacher is an important part of... Read the rest

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