Blended Learning Basics

Article by Lori Cargile

The term blended learning is frequently used in education circles. It’s often used to describe the sudden influx and use of instructional technology, but what is it really?
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Prioritize Your Teaching Life

Article by Dora Daniels

How many times have you walked into your classroom and looked at your desk and felt overwhelmed with all the papers you have to grade? Or sat down at your computer to read email and then discovered another thing that you have to complete before the end of the day? How did you feel? Probably like we all do. You mostly thought this will never get done unless I am here for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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Teacher Wellness Series – Part 2: Welcome to Winter Break!

Article by Tammy Metcalf
Welcome to Winter Break! In the first blog about teacher wellness, I introduced the phrase allostatic load and challenged you to create your own Teacher Self Appreciation Plan. So, first things first: how are you?
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Standards Based Grading

Article by Mike Ross

Ask any teacher, administrator, or parent about standards-based grading and you will likely get as many different responses as the number of people you ask. For some reason, standards based grading has a negative connotation. This could result from misguided attempts to implement this in a building or simply because some think standards-based grading can’t fit in a classroom already “crowded” with class discussions, cooperative learning, project based learning, or whatever the school’s new initiative is. Fortunately, this is not true. Standards based grading has a place in any classroom and can actually make the life of an educator much less stressful.
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Consistency When Implementing Change

Article by Katie Currens

When it comes time to implement change, more times than not it is met with great trepidation, sometimes even downright displeasure. So why is that? What has happened that causes us to bristle at the idea of change? Let’s explore the reasons and how we can change that feeling!
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Actual Careers in Sports

Article by Mike Ross

Ask any classroom of students what they want to be when they grow up and there will inevitably be several kids who say some type of professional athlete. The usual responses are baseball, basketball or football. Who doesn’t want to make a living playing a game and earning millions of dollars? Unfortunately, most kids do not realize how unlikely it is to become a professional athlete. Even if they do understand it is difficult, they do not have the ability to understand the extreme unlikeliness of this event. What does the phrase “one-in-a-million” really mean to an eight-year-old?
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What to do when technology gives you trouble

Article by Jenni Stadtmiller

It’s time. You have planned an amazing lesson for your students. They will be logging on to create their own worlds in Minecraft with scaled Egyptian pyramids or creating their own Prezi slideshows or making a screen-casting video of how to find true sources when researching. But the computers won’t turn on. Or they can’t get on the site. Or the microphone isn’t working.

What do you do when your technology won’t cooperate with you? And why does it always seem to happen?!
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Using Classroom Technology (for Non- Geeks!)

Article by Lori Cargile

Integrating technology into your classroom practice can be daunting for those who consider themselves not to be up-to-speed on the latest electronic gadgets, devices, and computers. Even if you still use a flip cell phone and haven’t touched an iPad a day in your life, there is technology that you can successfully use to reach your students.
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Questioning Strategies

Article by Sandi Sumerfield

If there were a “holy grail” of education, student engagement would be close to the top of the list. As teachers, we all want to create a community environment where students explore ideas in-depth, passionately consider all aspects of a topic, and listen with sincere interest to the ideas of others. An important foundation in establishing community is creating an environment where rich and engaging dialogue exists and a safe environment is established for all learners to openly explore possibilities they may not fully understand. Effective questioning strategies are a critical component in creating such an environment.
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What to Do When You Need Help

Article by Jessica Magee

Whether this is your first year of teaching or if you are a veteran, there comes a point during every school year where things are not going as planned. It’s normal to feel isolated and confused on where to go to get help. Sometimes you are the only one teaching a specific content, or you don’t have the same planning period as others that you feel can help you. Don’t feel helpless! You have options.
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