The (Anti)Power of Internet: How To Teach Your Students to Use It Wisely

Tweet More than three billion people worldwide use the internet every day; with the click of a button anyone, anywhere, can access a wide array of websites on multiple devices. As a teacher, this can benefit you. Being able to show your students ways to research things on suitable sites such as Wikipedia adds a […]

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Testing – as an Opportunity

Tweet I could focus on the negative things that have to do with standardized testing: for students, parents, and of course teachers.   But today I’m going to try and be positive and focus on something good that actually came out of testing this year.  Something I observed just yesterday as my fourth grade students […]

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Create Something!

Tweet The Teacher Art Retreat is underway and we have an excited group of educators.  Today we move, tomorrow we listen and Wednesday we decoupage.  All through the three days we will be puppeteering, drumming, creating and growing as we learn new skills and develop our talents as artists and teachers.  I can’t wait to […]

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How to Make your Students Feel Valued as Individuals

Tweet For many teachers, although we see students every single day, it can be very hard to remember what it was actually like to be a kid. Our hardy, grown-up personalities have weathered through decades of disappointments (with some delights thrown in for good measure), and although everyone has a lot more ‘growing’ to do […]

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Everyone Has a Backstory

Tweet Be it out in the open, or shut behind closed doors, We all have a story – one that defines who we are how we behave the choices we make. When I looked inside one child’s story the other day I saw sadness and grief. And in another’s there was loneliness And another’s revealed […]

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It’s About Saying It

Tweet We always want to highlight the inspiring things that teachers do.  Today, I’m excited to bring you the story of Elaine’s process as she prepared to give a TEDx talk entitled, “Three Lies We Tell Children.”  Be sure you watch it.  There’s a great message in her talk and a great message in the […]

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How to Encourage your Pupils to ask more Questions

Tweet When children get to a certain age (around two or three years old) they start wanting to know ‘why?’ about what seems like every little thing. “Why is the sky blue, Mommy?”, “Why do I have to eat my vegetables, Mommy?”, “Mommy, why are you and daddy still asleep? I want to go to […]

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The Rule Of Five

Tweet If you are working with a child who struggles to read, or has dyslexia, you will know that there are periods of time you both can feel like you’re in a losing battle. It can be hard to know how to encourage the child through that struggle while also teaching them and correcting their […]

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Creative Motivation: Keep Your Students Interested

Tweet Sure, students are coming back to school and may be naturally motivated by a new school year, but here are some great thoughts and ideas of how to keep that going throughout.  ~EMP Every student learns a little bit differently. As a teacher you are well versed in this. You also know how hard […]

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