Inspiration, The Podcast: Debatability

Do you want to breathe new life into your classrooms? Check out our free podcast on “Debatability” from our “Inspiration” series (embedded below). If you want to learn more, click here to sign up for our new PD scheduled on January 26, 2017. Administrators and teachers will not only learn new strategies and examples for infusing classrooms with inspirational traits, they will also leave with one of our new teaching guidebooks, Inspiration: Breathing New Life into Classrooms (included in registration fee), designed to help teachers (and schools) transform their practice.
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Avoid the winter burn-out!

Article by Katie Currens

Being a teacher is stressful, and this is the time of year when many of us experience the most stress: short days and long nights moving into February tend to make us feel down. I know all too well the exhaustion of being in a classroom. When I was a teacher, my instructional coach helped me manage my day to day stresses through organizational strategies and modifying my instructional practices. Now that I have stepped into a coaching role, I have a new perspective on this all-too-familiar fatigue. As teachers, we have teams and colleagues that understand the stress we deal with, but how can we find a balance to help us manage our stress? What do we do if we’ve tried adjusting our classroom practices yet still feel “burned out”?
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Inspiration, The Podcast: Novelty

Do you want to breathe new life into your classrooms? Check out our free podcast on “Novelty” from our “Inspiration” series (embedded below). If you want to learn more, click here to sign up for our new PD scheduled on January 26, 2017. Administrators and teachers will not only learn new strategies and examples for infusing classrooms with inspirational traits, they will also leave with one of our new teaching guidebooks, Inspiration: Breathing New Life into Classrooms (included in registration fee), designed to help teachers (and schools) transform their practice.
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Intentional Planning in Language Arts

Article by Katie Currens, CUES Consultant

Essential questions are often talked about when planning a thematic unit. We use them as a way to provoke inquiry and to have students dig deeper with their own questions as a way to reach a greater understanding. As professionals, we know the value in inquiry, but sometimes we seem to forget just how “simple” it can be.
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Free Grant Database!

Demco, a company that sells products for schools and libraries, hosts this free interface for finding grants. It can be hard to find free resources for locating grants to benefit a classroom or a school, so this service is a real benefit! If you have some ideas for your school, but no money to implement your ideas, maybe this database can provide a solution.
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Inspiration, The Podcast: Curiosity

Do you want to breathe new life into your classrooms? Check out our free podcast on “Curiosity” from our “Inspiration” series (embedded below). If you want to learn more, click here to sign up for our new PD scheduled on January 26, 2017. Administrators and teachers will not only learn new strategies and examples for infusing classrooms with inspirational traits, they will also leave with one of our new teaching guidebooks, Inspiration: Breathing New Life into Classrooms (included in registration fee), designed to help teachers (and schools) transform their practice.
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Inspiration, The Podcast: Joy

Do you want to breathe new life into your classrooms? Check out our free podcast on “Joy” from our “Inspiration” series (embedded below). If you want to learn more, click here to sign up for our new PD scheduled on January 26, 2017. Administrators and teachers will not only learn new strategies and examples for infusing classrooms with inspirational traits, they will also leave with one of our new teaching guidebooks, Inspiration: Breathing New Life into Classrooms (included in registration fee), designed to help teachers (and schools) transform their practice.
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Writing is not punishment

As a former English teacher, I get a bit territorial when I hear people using my content area as a punishment. Why do we think writing sentences is a way to discipline children? What if I suggested we assign math problems to students who misbehave? I don’t think we should turn math into punishment, and I don’t think we should do that to writing, either. Still, I frequently run into teachers and students who participate in this outdated system.
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Emotional Connections, One Bite At A Time

According to a recent blog post by the New York Times, the brain is not wired to think deeply about things about which it does not care. In other words, when our students say they don’t care about what we teach, or they don’t think they’ll “use” our content areas in the so-called “real world,” they may actually be expressing something that cuts to the heart of how our minds work: in order to learn deeply, we need an emotional attachment to the content we study.
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Student manipulatives and novelty

One of the teachers I work with found that her students were not responding to a graphic organizer for Claims-Evidence-Reasoning. The organizer was designed on a regular sheet of paper, and for all intents and purposes it felt a bit like a traditional “worksheet.” Though I think there is a significant difference between graphic organizers and worksheets, I fear even the association can be anathema to learning. That at least seemed to be the case for this teacher’s class. Her solution, a fold-able that was as simple as it was elegant, reminded me about the power of novelty in aiding student learning.
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