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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