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  • 2015 New Year’s Resolutions: Concordia Online Education Students Declare Their Resolutions

    Posted December 23, 2014

    Do you have any resolutions for the New Year? Have you written them down? Research by clinical psychologist Gail Matthews shows when you write down your goals, you are more likely to be successful. If this theory holds true, the Concordia Online Education and Concordia Ambassadors Facebook communities are well on their way to success…

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  • How to Engage Gifted and Talented Students in the Classroom

    Posted October 8, 2014

    Giftedness is an intellectual ability significantly higher than average. The federal government defines gifted children as “those who give evidence of high achievement capability in such areas as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields.” However, there aren’t any national standards for identifying gifted students, and it’s usually left to states…

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  • What is Differentiated Instruction? Examples of How to Differentiate Instruction in the Classroom

    Posted October 1, 2014

    Just as everyone has a unique fingerprint, each student has an individual style of learning. Not all students in a classroom learn a subject in the same way or share the same level of ability. Differentiated instruction is a method of designing and delivering instruction to best reach each student. Carol Ann Tomlinson is a…

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  • Creating Better Online Students: A Guide for Teachers

    Posted August 20, 2014

    It’s been said before: Students today cannot properly correspond in academic environments. As a writing instructor who teaches some of my classes online, I have commiserated with colleagues over the lack of consideration and time students put into their communications. While it’s easy to blame a younger generation for their inability to communicate effectively, in…

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  • Schools as Complex Ecosystems: Connected Environments for Learning

    Posted April 4, 2014

    To really understand any subject, blogger and special education teacher Mark Anderson likes to think in the biggest picture possible. “I was starting to think about these schools as being incredible complex environments,” said Anderson, who teaches in the Bronx in New York City. “We often think of them as these top-down places with policy…

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  • Is Math a Good Fit for Project-Based Learning? This Educator says Yes

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Math education professor David Coffey isn’t one to tell teachers — new or experienced — how to best reach students. He just wants them to make sure they are reaching their students. “I try to be accepting of the fact that I know there are effective teachers who use lectures,” Coffey said. For his teachers-to-be…

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  • Two Teachers Learn the Value of Teaming Up

    Posted February 18, 2014

    When Jody Passanisi and Shara Peters first met through a mentoring program, they didn’t know that they had just met the one — their teaching life partner. But it turned out that way. Shara was finishing up the credentialing program at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, where Jody had also studied, when she was…

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  • Teacher of the Year, Nancy Flanagan, Touts the Power of Self-Reflection

    Posted February 12, 2014

    Being a teacher takes more than a passing grade on a skills test. Subject knowledge is important and idealism is great, but neither are enough to get a teacher through a career in the classroom, Nancy Flanagan says. Flanagan knows what makes a successful teacher. She spent 30 years in classrooms, earned Michigan Teacher of…

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  • Five Active Learning Techniques for a Flipped Classroom

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Active-learning techniques are growing more common as educators develop flipped-classroom environments and create teaching strategies that engage students and add real-time technology experience in the classroom. A flipped classroom turns education on its head: Typically, students have an instructor who lectures in the classroom, with some  discussion and quizzes or exams on the lessons. The…

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  • Teacher HACKS: Fast Teaching Tips and Strategies

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Teachers these days have a tough job (was it ever easy??). So we reached out to dozens of teachers and asked them for their favorite “hacks” that help make their lives easier and their jobs more manageable. So what’s a hack? A hack is an actionable tip or suggestion that doesn’t fit the norm for…

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  • CCSS: Five Steps to Get Students Involved in Class Discussions

    Posted November 7, 2013

    As various states move toward integrating the Common Core State Standards(CCSS) into their curriculum, it’s important for teachers to engage their students in thought-provoking class discussions. One of the main factors involved in the new Common Core State Standards for Speaking and Listening is that students should get an opportunity to master oral communications and build…

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  • Why Middle School Students Can’t Stop Talking and Three Ways to Stop It

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Middle school students continually test boundaries, making them a challenging age group for educators. Practicing strong classroom-management techniques and implementing specialized teaching strategies for middle-schoolers is a great way to connect with these students. By recognizing the psychological and developmental reasons for students’ chattiness, you can work with talkative students rather than fight against them….

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  • How Effective Educators Prepare for Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Teachers have to work hard to prepare for parent-teacher conference meetings. They need to express the academic progress of the children while urging parents to support their teaching strategies and address areas the children need to work on. Here are several tips for successful conference preparation. Offer a Flexible Conference Schedule Some parents have more…

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  • Five Ways to Engage Parents of ELL Students

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Engaging with the parents of ELL students, also known as English Language Learners,  is vital to helping these pupils succeed. Parental involvement is the backbone of a child’s education, and this is especially true of ELL students who are challenged by language barriers. These five suggestions should smooth the process: 1. Connect with ELL Students’ Families…

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  • Teaching Strategies for Welcoming Elementary Students Back to School

    Posted August 22, 2013

    With students coming back to school, it’s up to you to employ specific teaching strategies to make the transition easier, especially for elementary students. The first days of the year can be a little challenging, especially for kindergartners and first-graders who can be frightened by the notion of going to a big school with all those other…

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  • Strategies for Mentoring Student Teachers

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Being a student mentor teacher can be daunting, especially with your first few student teachers. New teachers still in school or just out are getting their feet wet in a classroom setting. They could be prone to mistakes or errors in judgment and benefit greatly from the guidance of an experienced teacher. As their mentor,…

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  • 4 Elements of Peer Assisted Learning Strategies for Reading

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Reading skills form the backbone of a child’s education, and by using peer assisted learning strategies reading can be taught even more effectively. Getting an early start in reading can go a long way in helping kids to form a solid foundation of being able to read effectively, and this will help them in every…

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  • 4 Tips for Improving Middle School Reading Comprehension

    Posted February 27, 2013

    When it comes to improving reading comprehension middle school students are often more open to creative exercises. By middle school many of them should be pretty good readers, but reading comprehension can always be improved and enhanced as they prepare to head into the high school and college settings. Reading comprehension as well as general…

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  • Good Advice: How To Be an Elementary School Teacher

    Posted February 27, 2013

    There is no specific set of rules on how to be a elementary school teacher in the 21st century. Elementary school teachers must be effective and get results while still relating to their students. The United States education system evaluates teachers based on statistical results and data analysis. While test scores can speak volumes about…

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  • Summative Assessment: What Teachers Need to Know

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Weeks or months of study in a classroom generally culminate in a summative assessment. This refers to a test that evaluates a student’s comprehension of the material covered thus far. While other measures, such as homework and quizzes, cover potential or progress made, the essence of a summative assessment is more black and white —…

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