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Whenever I talk to teachers at conferences, workshops or online, I hear the same thing: “I’m desperate for new ideas,” or “I wish I could make...
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Sweatpants? Check. Ponytail? Check. Flip-flops in November? Check. Running into a former student? Absolutely, of course. Now, even though I’m being...
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There’s a little speech I’ve been giving for the last few years that causes students great angst. It’s not about Common Core (well, maybe a little)...
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At this time of year, school can be stressful for everyone. The days are short, but our workloads remain heavy. It is easy to lose focus and become...
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The idea that originally started Share My Lesson was simple: We knew that teachers spend hours planning and trying to create the perfect lesson, and...
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Although it may not appear to be as crucial as covering the mandated curriculum or helping students pass standardized tests, establishing a strong...
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One of the most important phases of creating a supportive classroom community is to get to know your students as quickly as possible so you can...
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In the following excerpt from The First-Year Teacher’s Survival Guide by Julia G. Thompson, you’ll learn about how the daily interactions you have...
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One of the most common misconceptions many teachers can have about their classes is that their students already know each other well. This mistake is...
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At its most fundamental level, a classroom community will be defined by the commonalities that students share, the presence of courteous behavior,...