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Helping Parents Build Their Youngsters’ Vocabulary

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Vocabulary - mother reading to her daughter.
This article was originally posted on Leader Live by Stephanie Sigal. Recently, my friend Tonia shared an impressive conversation she had with her 3-year-old daughter. Naya: Mommy, what are you doing? Tonia: Collapsing moving boxes. Naya: Collapsing? Ah yes, like an umbrella at the beach.

Six Simple Steps Toward Fair and Accurate Grading

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Teachers grading student papers.
Another school year ended this week. With that comes the dreaded chore of entering students’ final grades. In a perfect world, teachers would be able to “just” teach and the concept of recording grades would not exist. Teachers would teach for the purpose of sharing their content expertise with students who worked hard for...

10 Stupid-Simple Tips to Start Teaching With Minecraft

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Minecraft
My students come from a small, rural community and lack a broad understanding of the larger world around them. This inspired me to seek out a game, or online environment, that could provide more expansive experiences for them—a place that would allow them to explore, on their own or with others, and where I could embed history...

How to Create Your Own Custom Teacher Planner

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Teacher planner
Teacher planners just might be the highlight of any planner junkie + teacher out there. Choosing just the right cover, layout, to do list, and extra insert pieces makes a difference. Adding in stickers creates a whole new level of awe. Yes, you purchase your teacher planner in the hopes it will help you to...

Five Unusual, Evidence-Based Ways To Get Better At A New Language

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Woman reading book lying on bed.
The last time I tried to learn a foreign language, I was living in an Italian suburb of Sydney. My hour a week at a local Italian class was inevitably followed by a bowl of pasta and a few glasses of wine. As an approach to language-learning goes, it was certainly more pleasurable than my German lessons...

4 Brain-Based Rules For Teaching Middle School

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Middle school sign.
Teaching middle school is a wild ride! You’ve got the impulsiveness, the lack of hygiene, and the dirty minds to deal with each day. You’ve got the thirteen year olds who think they’re always right, the fringe students whose personal identities are in constant flux, and ultimately, a social world that trumps everything else. They say it...

350 Education Quotes That Will Inspire Your Students

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education quotes
We have compiled an extensive list of education quotes that can be used as an inspiration to both students and teachers. Leave your favorite in the Comments box. Education Quotes “A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him.” - James Baldwin  “A child seldom needs a...

Top Tips For Aspiring Educational Psychologists

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Educational psychologists helping young students with crafts.
Educational psychology is concerned with children and young people in educational and early years settings. Educational psychologists address challenges such as learning difficulties, social and emotional problems, and issues around disability as well as more complex developmental disorders. Educational psychologists also work in a variety of ways including observations, interviews and assessments and offer consultation,...

Bloom’s Taxonomy [An Introduction]

Bloom's Taxonomy - Hands of two little children playing with colourful bricks.
The Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, known as Bloom's Taxonomy (Bloom, Engelhart, Furst, & Krathwohl, 1956) is one of the most recognized learning theories in the field of education. Educators often use Bloom's Taxonomy to create learning outcomes that target not only subject matter but also the depth of learning they want students to achieve, and to then create assessments that...

Chronic Absenteeism In Elementary Schools: An Easy Potential Solution

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Absenteeism - young girl showing school bag.
Reminding parents how many days of school their kids have missed and the importance of regular attendance may be a simple, low-cost way to help curb absenteeism in elementary schools, a new study suggests. Researchers found that sending families personalized letters stressing these two points resulted in a 14.9 percent reduction in chronic absenteeism in...
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