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The Power of Silence

Teachers talk. A lot. Surprisingly, there are no classes in university programs that prepare prospective teachers for this. I never had a single class on how to develop and use my “teacher voice.” But I don’t think anyone goes into the education profession expecting to spend their time in quiet rooms with limited talking. 424 more words

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Switching It Up

My class schedule has been fairly consistent through the year. Students knew what we were going to do throughout the day each day because I made a point to make sure we kept it that way. 316 more words

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2017 Reading Challenge

Last year I came across a reading challenge from the folks at WeAreTeachers.com. I had hoped to attempt the challenge, but graduate school, life, and my own To Be Read pile got in the way. 248 more words

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Children at Play

I wrote this post in my head yesterday but didn’t realise until late at night that I didn’t actually write it and post. Does that ever happen to you? 306 more words

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Temperature Checks

One of the things that I am trying to do more consistently this year is having my class do quick “temperature checks” throughout the day. All I do is ask the students to let me know how they are doing by giving a thumbs-up (going well), thumb-to-the-side (I’m having some trouble), or thumbs-down (I’m totally lost). 175 more words

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Oh, By The Way...

I was absent from my classroom this morning. It was a planned absence to meet with members of a district committee. I have tried to warn my students ahead of time when I know I will be gone and make sure that we have reviewed expectations for when there is a substitute teacher. 256 more words

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One Step at a Time

For the past several months, I have been working my way through a fascinating book called Teaching with the Brain in Mind by Dr. Eric Jensen.  504 more words

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