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Should Teachers Make as Much as Lawmakers? Calif. Voters Could Decide

Should Teachers Make as Much as Lawmakers? Calif. Voters Could Decide | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Teacher Fair Pay Act would require that teachers are paid no less than lawmakers who typically earn $104,118 per year.
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Response: New Teachers Must Create a 'Balance'

Response: New Teachers Must Create a 'Balance' | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Cindi Rigsbee, Carol Pelletier Radford, Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin, Jennie Farnell and Ken Lindblom share their advice to new teachers.
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Making the Most of a 90-Minute Block

Making the Most of a 90-Minute Block | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Whether you're brand-new to block scheduling or you've been doing it for years, these strategies will have you handling those 90 minutes like a boss.
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Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues

Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
As teachers launch personal brands and cast themselves as influencers, start-ups and tech giants alike are racing to cultivate them to spread their wares.
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How Teachers' Stress Affects Students: A Research Roundup

How Teachers' Stress Affects Students: A Research Roundup | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
High stress levels among teachers can harm their students' academic achievement, new research shows.
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A Powerful Way to End the School Year

A Powerful Way to End the School Year | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Year mapping allows students to see what they’ve learned in your class, and it’s a great resource for your incoming class.
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Increasing Salaries So Teachers Don't Have To Become Principals

Increasing Salaries So Teachers Don't Have To Become Principals | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Teachers across the country are choosing to leave the classroom for better pay as school administrators, where they can sometimes double their salaries.
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8 Ideas to Make the End of the Year Race Better

8 Ideas to Make the End of the Year Race Better | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Have your students told you yet how many days that are left?  While it has been awhile for me, I can still feel it creeping up, sneaking up, whether we are ready or not; for many of us in the Northern hemisphere, the end of the year is near.  And if your students are anything like ours, then there may be excitement in the air mixed with a special kind of exhaustion that is threatening to derail even the best-laid plans.  So what can you, along with your awesome students, do to make these last few days or weeks better?  Here are a few ideas.
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Cracking the teacher recruitment and retention code

The reasons the teachers I work with have chosen to stay at such a high-poverty school have everything to do with these abstract “working conditions” that aren’t as easy to quantify as criteria like class size, salary, or benefits. Deeply felt at a visceral level, these factors include respect, support, professional autonomy, opportunities to innovate, and the chance to collaborate with like-minded colleagues.
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On this National Teachers Day, allow me to thank Father Blane

On this National Teachers Day, allow me to thank Father Blane | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
I had never met a doctor or a lawyer or any other professional who felt the same joy in his work as Blane so obviously did. It’s why I chose teaching.
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10 of Our Favorite Poems About Teaching - WeAreTeachers

10 of Our Favorite Poems About Teaching - WeAreTeachers | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
These poems about teaching really nail what it's like to work in a classroom. What are your favorite poems about teaching? Please share!
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Transcript of "Let's teach for mastery -- not test scores"

Transcript of "Let's teach for mastery -- not test scores" | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

This Ted Talk, featuring Sal Khan, was included in one of our juniors' Voices of Greely presentations about how to improve our school.

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It's Time to Rethink School Schedules, Report Says

It's Time to Rethink School Schedules, Report Says | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
School schedules leave teachers little room for collaboration and reflection, according to a new report.
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James Baldwin’s Lesson for Teachers in a Time of Turmoil

James Baldwin’s Lesson for Teachers in a Time of Turmoil | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Clint Smith on James Baldwin’s “A Talk to Teachers” and the relevant lessons it offers teachers in our current political climate.
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Never Underestimate the Importance of Mini Lessons - Talks with Teachers

Never Underestimate the Importance of Mini Lessons - Talks with Teachers | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
I want to walk you through the steps of my most effective process to improve student writing on a large scale. Volume is important. Students need to write a lot. Conferences are great, too. They may be the best method to move one writer at a time, but when you have over 125 students it’s nearly impossible to confer with them for every piece of writing.
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Letting Teachers Be Free

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Educators must remain engaged and autonomous in order to do their jobs well and avoid burnout.
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5 Reasons to Throw Out Mandatory Lesson Plans - Cooper on Curriculum

5 Reasons to Throw Out Mandatory Lesson Plans - Cooper on Curriculum | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"While mandatory teacher lesson plans might seem like an idea long retired, I am continuously amazed at how many districts and schools still heavily rely on this approach as part of their master plan to improve instruction."

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Happy Teachers Practice Self-Care

Happy Teachers Practice Self-Care | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Experts say that teachers must develop their own social-emotional competencies, including the ability to manage stress, before they can effectively model these skills to students.
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Here Are Three Tips for Finishing the School Year Strong

Here Are Three Tips for Finishing the School Year Strong | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Teachers share their best strategies for ending the year on a good note.
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Improving education by focusing on teacher health and well-being

Improving education by focusing on teacher health and well-being | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
OPINION | Recent efforts to reform our nation’s education have become overly focused on student data, and in doing so we have unfortunately missed the human connection needed to put that data to work.
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Why Does Teacher Talk Still Dominate High School Classrooms?

Why Does Teacher Talk Still Dominate High School Classrooms? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Teacher talk still dominates high school classrooms, but it doesn't have to, and here are a few reasons why.
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Teacher Appreciation Day | Authors and Illustrators Remember Early Educators

Teacher Appreciation Day | Authors and Illustrators Remember Early Educators | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The impressions our early educators make on us are often indelible. From beloved teachers to wannabe Coach Trunchbulls, here are few reminiscences you won't want to miss.
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A Mindset Shift to Continue Supporting the Most Frustrating Kids

A Mindset Shift to Continue Supporting the Most Frustrating Kids | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Some students can feel so difficult to work with that the challenge begins to strain a teacher's empathy. Alex Shevrin offers some tips for how she shifts her
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Teachers Go Public With Their Resignation Letters

Teachers Go Public With Their Resignation Letters | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A new study calls teachers' online grievances against the profession a form of social action.
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You probably believe some of these learning myths: Take our quiz to find out

You probably believe some of these learning myths: Take our quiz to find out | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
This blog post has some pretty useful information. So print it out; get out your highlighter and take off the cap.

Ready? Now throw it away, because highlighters don't really help people learn.

We all want for our kids to have optimal learning experiences and, for ourselves, to stay competitive with lifelong learning. But how well do you think you understand what good learning looks like?
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