Trapper Keepers of the Future

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Tweet By now, it is almost axiomatic that new technologies such as tablets and laptops improve classroom performance. A good portion of those performance gains are due to the following: internet connectivity better note taking a higher degree of engagement multimedia learning tools, etc. But that only tells one part of the story. The overlooked benefit of new technology […]

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Ordinary (yet inspiring) Things

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Tweet In my last post, I wrote briefly about how there is beauty in the ordinary things around us.  Today I want to take it a step further and see what list I can come up with in terms of the ordinary things around us (in the classroom and beyond) that can prove to be inspiring.  I […]

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What it Means to Be an Inspiring Teacher

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Tweet This Wednesday, May 15th is our first “Be Inspiring” day.  It is a day carefully placed in May for our celebration of teachers.  The concept is for teachers to plan something purposeful and inspiring for their students on or around May 15th.  It’s a chance for you to try something new or go out […]

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5 Ways Becoming a Mom Made Me a Better Teacher

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Tweet Whether you are a mom-teacher or dad-teacher, becoming a parent, changes you and your perspective on everything, especially your job as an educator.  Here’s how becoming a mom changed me. 1.  I look at my students differently.  When they enter my room, I see my students not just as my students, but as someone’s […]

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Take Charge of Your Own PD

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Tweet When you become a teacher, you NEVER leave school.  I don’t just mean you go to school every day, I also mean you never stop having to take classes.  Teachers are life-long learners in the most pure sense of the phrase.  We are constantly learning new methods, strategies, and activities.  We constantly research, question […]

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Bitter or Better

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Tweet It wasn’t long ago that I was introduced to this:  You can get bitter about it or you can get better. Immediately, my mind traveled to education and my position as a teacher.  So many times I have been faced with something challenging, unnecessary or down right negative.  And let’s face it, it is […]

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It’s Always Worth it in the End

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Tweet  It’s a hassle. It’s bad timing. It’s even frustrating at times. But when it’s all said and done, it’s always worth it in the end. You know what I mean?  The big projects, the big performances, the big events that you might do year after year.  When you are in the thick of it, […]

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5 Reasons to LOVE April

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Tweet It’s April!!!  YAY!  I love April.  There is so much happening that you can take advantage of as an educator.  Let’s count the ways. 1) Let’s start with POETRY highlights! 4+1 Reasons to Get Poetry into Your Classroom Poetry is great!  ‘Come on, don’t you agree?  Poetry can be sweet and rhyme-y or in-your-face  […]

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Giving Kids Choice in HS Reading Class

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Tweet Today, as part of Literacy Month, we have one of our favorite guest posters, Kristina Peterson to share the evolution of what she is doing in her HS English classes in terms of reading.  ~EMP When I first became a teacher I distinctly remember being taught that what my kids read doesn’t really matter […]

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