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Battling The Blahs Part 3: When Silence is Serious

If you, like me, suffer from bouts of the Blahs, I encourage you to develop your own plan too. To take care of our students, to do our part in ensuring Leticia and other young people like her don’t fall into the Abyss, we must first stay clear of it ourselves.  (continue reading)
Steph George Apr 11, 2018 6:14:00 AM

Battling The Blahs Part 2: Helping Students Manage Stress and Stagnation

Last fall, I wrote about the Blahs, a predictable time of year when I struggle with energy, motivation, and self-doubt. A friend pointed out that our students battle their own Blahs as well.  (continue reading)
Steph George Apr 3, 2018 6:05:00 AM

Should I Introduce Whole-Class Novels into My Readers Workshop?

if you have a good readers workshop going in your classroom I give you a hi-five and say keep it up! There are, though, a few caveats that might cause you to consider the whole class novel approach...  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Mar 23, 2018 8:17:00 AM

Heinemann Fellow Ian Fleischer on Using Visual Tools in High School Mathematics

it’s a sad but common belief among teachers and students that math manipulatives are a crutch to be outgrown and an intervention to be used only when necessary.  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Feb 4, 2018 3:19:09 PM

Cultivating Focus in the K-8 Classroom

It may seem strange to think about cultivating focus. Although natural abilities can vary, focus can be improved, cultivated, and taught.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Jan 18, 2018 6:07:14 AM

Does Your Writing Assessment Help Writers or Pac-Mans?

Students write for the same reason that Pac-Man munches: to accumulate points. Writers are people, not Pac-Mans.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Dec 4, 2017 10:47:15 AM

Incorporating Field Research into Writing Instruction

Research is important throughout the entire writing process, and it can be fun, too. Give it a try in your own writing instruction. Here's how.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Nov 21, 2017 11:02:27 AM

Tom Newkirk on The Emotional Complexities of Teaching

Here, Newkirk discusses how he creates space with his students by giving them time to discuss and solve problems more slowly.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Nov 10, 2017 2:07:25 PM

Helping Students Bring Beliefs into Writing

When we write, we nudge change. How can we be helping students bring beliefs into writing? Here are some resources to get you started.  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Nov 6, 2017 4:58:57 PM

Heinemann Fellow Kate Flowers on Battling the Blahs

I know why so many teachers leave the profession in their first five years. The Blahs. For me, the Blahs come in October.  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Nov 3, 2017 9:29:48 AM

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