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Motivating Teachers to Be Excellent in the K-2 Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Karen Lirenman on episode 371 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Karen Lirenman talks about the challenges and opportunities of teaching K-2 students.

10 Strategies to Strengthen Instruction and Learning

A Principal's Reflections

When I think back to my training to become a teacher, there were some reasonably consistent norms. These consisted of sound classroom management, listing the learning objectives, and developing a lesson plan.

TEACHER VOICE: ‘I was quickly overwhelmed’ — The case for mentoring new instructors

The Hechinger Report

. To new teachers who recently began work: Congratulations! You have chosen an honorable profession that rewards hard work in the classroom with admiration and dedication from your students. But let’s be clear-eyed about a few things.

5 Tips for Podcasting with Students in the Classroom


One of the most practical (and exciting!) applications of having technology in the classroom is the ability to empower students to take charge of their learning. One of the integral components of this is amplifying student voice.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Micro-Writing is Having a Macro Impact on Identity Development


Students in my freshman English class have incredible stories to tell, but they aren't always eager to share them. A quick scan of the room makes it easy to understand why. One student, Johnny, is a talented artist but reads and writes well below grade level. His catchphrase is “Oh, writing isn’t my thing.” Johnny’s discussion partner David moved to the U.S.

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Personalized Learning, Teachers Unleashed, and a Learning Analytics Partnership: The Story of Fresno Unified


How does a fifth grader feel getting ready to do a live edtech demo at their local school board meeting? If you are Ryan Fernandez of Fresno Unified School District, you take such challenges in stride. At last February’s Board meeting, 10-year old Ryan inspired the adults in the room to see how tech can be leveraged for learning in a whole new light. Here’s a video of Ryan’s command performance.)

Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: Marisa Thompson and Brooke Tobia


How can you ensure parent conferences are a positive learning experience for students? Student led conferences! Join Marisa Thompson and Brooke Tobia at their session at Fall CUE to learn the ins and outs of this very successful practice.

Digital Technology and Academics Recap from Across the Web, w/e 09-29-18


Informative, inspiring, or just plain interesting education and digital technology content from across the web, posted on Twitter over the past week and collected here to share with our blog readers. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

8 Great Translation and Dictionary Apps for Language Learners

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

An important element that can help students strengthen their grasp of language and enhance their linguistic communication is a rich lexical repertoire. Dictionaries and translation tools are more

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Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

iRead Interactive Reading Journals – Because Nobody Likes Reading Logs

Nick's Picks for Educational Technology

Reading Should Be Enjoyable, Not a Chore Ask nearly any parent or student what they think of reading logs, and I’m certain you won’t hear words like “inspiring, motivating.”

Promote Inquiry-based Learning with These Do It Yourself Apps for Students

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Learning is best done through doing, what is conventionally known as the hands-on approach to learning. What we have for you today are iPad apps that can help students engage in meaningful more

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5 habits that help me automate and simplify my life

The Cornerstone for Teachers

Long-time listeners of my Truth for Teachers podcast have probably heard me talk a lot about strategies for work-life balance and productivity as a teacher.

Think “Makerspace!” for Your Grammar Studies


When we plunge into interactive learning, we get curious, look closely, ask questions, hypothesize, jot, mimic, create, play, discover, and draw conclusions. Grammar study with a makerspace mindset can build all these things in, says literacy consultant Patty McGee. Articles Grammar feedback grammar grammar study Makerspace Patty McGee writing

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Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

7 of the Best Ant Farm Options for Your Eager Entomologists

Fractus Learning

Ants are amazing creatures. They scurry around all day long, searching for food, building the nest, caring for their young and protecting the queen. In many ways, an ant colony is like an industrious human city: […]. Classroom Parents Science Toys and Play