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December 20, 2018
How Every Classroom Can Celebrate Diversity
How Every Classroom Can Celebrate Diversity

By Greta Pauly

The world we live in is filled with diversity in every corner. Think of a natural ecosystem like a forest. Every tree, plant, and critter has its own unique makeup—different colors, shapes, and sizes—and yet they all come together to make a beautiful environment. When we begin to acknowledge and celebrate diversity in nature, we can start to admire it everywhere. In the classroom, educators play an important role in setting the stage to celebrate everyone’s differences and similarities in a way that brings students together in solidarity.

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December 4, 2018
Advice for Helping Students Find Their Voice
Advice for Helping Students Find Their Voice

By Greta Pauly

There is so much to be said about student voice. Every class has children who tend to be quiet and children who speak up more often than others. But student voice is so much more than that. It’s when they truly find themselves owning their learning and speaking to what they believe is true.

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October 25, 2018
3 Ways to Gain Insight into How Students Learn
3 Ways to Gain Insight into How Students Learn

By Shaun Fagan

Just because a student gets an A on an assignment doesn’t mean they fully understand the material. Evaluations, parent/teacher conferences, and report cards capture a snapshot of how well students are digesting classroom assignments, but none of these really show a true, detailed image of students’ performance and how they learn based on their individual styles. Here’s a trio of techniques that educators can use to further their knowledge of how their students learn.

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September 10, 2018
How to Get Classroom Culture Right
How to Get Classroom Culture Right

By Gerard Dawson

“Classroom culture” is one of those vague terms that can send shivers down a teacher’s spine. One mention by an administrator or thought leader, and it’s easy for your eyes to glaze over and your ears to shut. But the truth is, improving classroom culture consists of concrete steps that teachers can take to ensure a better learning environment for their students. While the results may not be easy to collect data about, they can certainly be felt. Here are some of the first steps I recommend.

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August 10, 2018
3 Tips for Classroom Management Before a Break
3 Tips for Classroom Management Before a Break

By Gerard Dawson

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that school gets crazy before a break.

 

It may be the shopping- and baking-filled days before winter holidays. Or that long “no man’s land” leading up to spring break. And don’t forget that last month, slow as molasses, on the approach to summer vacation. Students and teachers both feel it, but not in the same way.

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