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I’m a big fan of brain research, and one of the favorite maxims that I truly utilize is giving an idea “simmer time,” meaning that you pose a...
New teachers love Julia Thompson’s insight. Catch her free webinar, now available on demand . You’ve probably noticed that there are some educators...
Raymond Macias
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As a trainer for the AFT’s Foundations of Effective Teaching professional development course, I meet many teachers from all over the nation. The...
Amber Chandler
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As educators, we know that the Common Core State Standards are intended to guide our teaching and lead us, ostensibly, to create lessons that help...
Amber Chandler
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Some people watch the Super Bowl to see football, and many watch it as a social event. But some of you out there are probably like me: I watch the...
Amber Chandler
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Last year, as a part of my speech unit, my seventh-grade students studied César Chávez and Martin Luther King Jr. and the persuasive techniques...
Ellen Gore
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Even those of us with the shortest of work histories in an early childhood classroom have tales to tell, both humorous and horrifying, about our...
I’m a list maker and self-help addict from back in the day, so it isn’t surprising that New Year’s resolutions have been a part of my life for as...
Amber Chandler
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When I was a student teacher, my mentor Sherry said something to me that has stuck with me through the years. I was lucky enough to be in a program...
Dissecting excerpts, highlighting evidence, defending one’s answer choice, bubbling in exit slips. As necessary as all that preparation for upcoming...