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What can America Learn About Smart Schools in other Countries?

Our American public education system has been under increased criticism about its lack of critical thinking skill preparations.  We’re good at teaching memorization in Math, but not so good in taking these skills to a higher level of critical and creative thinking.   340 more words

Classroom Activities

Who are our students anyway?

Twenty years ago we teachers and parents were concerned about how our children “felt about themselves” and being able to acknowledge their strengths and weaknesses.  We encouraged them to accept their physical bodies and how to be best used in our world. 345 more words

New Teachers

Why Did I Keep Teaching When it Became Harder and Harder?

I taught for over 40 years in public and private schools, private industry, and pre-school.  I have seen the pendulum swing to both sides in areas of child behavior and accountability, homework, parent involvement, technology, etc. 257 more words

New Teachers

How Do You Make a Boring Lesson Exciting and Interesting?

So, you have to teach basic Algebra, Reading Fluency, History of the Civil War?  How can you make these lessons far more interesting and challenging?  Simply stated, make the lessons attach to their lives.   278 more words

Home School Instruction

How do you Shift from Surviving to Thriving as a Teacher?

So, you’ve been teaching now for almost 3 months.  How are you doing?  If you’re like most teachers, you’ve won some battles, figured out some students, are getting more sleep now, etc.   223 more words

New Teachers

Accommodations at a job site, too?

By now, we are all aware of IEP requirements and the resulting accommodations required in schools for students diagnosed as ADHD and Autism.  Different classroom lights, movement in the classrooms, pulling out for individualized instruction, etc. 207 more words

New Teachers

Don't allow your frustration be shown to your students

Have you ever walked through a store and heard a father yell at his child, “You’re so stupid!”  Of course, you have.  Have you ever seen a mother totally ignore her child who was trying to talk to her?   302 more words

New Teachers