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High School History Doesn't Have to Be Boring

High School History Doesn't Have to Be Boring | Thoughts for New Teachers | Scoop.it
By tying past events to contemporary issues, teachers can move beyond rote memorization.
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You Will Never Believe Where This Standout Teen Calls Home

You Will Never Believe Where This Standout Teen Calls Home | Thoughts for New Teachers | Scoop.it
Kendal Benjamin wants to be known as a champion, someone who works hard and surpasses limitations. The 17-year-old senior at C.A. Johnson High School in Columbia, S.C. is an outstanding student and athlete, an all-star by any measure, yet he begins and ends his days among 17 other children in a homeless shelter. Benjamin recently moved away from his mother to allow her a chance to focus on her own life, and took refuge at Palmetto Place Children's Shelter. "Sometimes you have to work through stuff, you have to persevere," Benjamin tells the Good News Blog.
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Interactive Notebooks

Interactive Notebooks | Thoughts for New Teachers | Scoop.it
My most popular posts seem to be on the implementation of the Interactive Notebook strategy. I decided to create this page to arrange them in the most logical order.  What is an Interactive No...
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Great source for implementing interactive notebooks for Social Studies classes.

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Teachers Walk in Student Shoes For a Day

Teachers Walk in Student Shoes For a Day | Thoughts for New Teachers | Scoop.it
At Burr and Burton Academy, an independent high school in Vermont, five teachers agreed to go through the school day as students in order to help them understand school from a student point of view.
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Subverting the System: Student and Teacher as Equals

Subverting the System: Student and Teacher as Equals | Thoughts for New Teachers | Scoop.it
One educator tries a different approach: “It’s a different way of approaching education, with educators not being the controlling force. It’s about breaking down boundaries and seeing yourself as an equal.
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Mistakes Matter: Making Room for 'Wrongdoing' In Schools

Mistakes Matter: Making Room for 'Wrongdoing' In Schools | Thoughts for New Teachers | Scoop.it

"Kids are not perfect. They make mistakes. They trip up. They recover and show resolve. And they invariably show how remarkable they are on a daily basis by enduring the gantlet of a traditional school setting, marching to the drumbeat of the industrial model of schooling, a model constructed around time, space, order, efficiency and acculturation. However, there is a need for students to learn from 'wrongdoing' instead of demanding 'rightdoing' from them all the time. Wrongdoing is where the good stuff is. Every time a student errs, or steps outside the rules, or transgresses community norms and expectations, there is a golden opportunity to connect with this young person, his or her family and the teaching team to build stronger relationships through trust and partnership." | by Matt Levinson

 


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10 Things Every New Teacher Should Know

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"This year we have 22 brand new never taught still don't know what I'm doing teachers in our district. Now, I'm not sure about you and your district, but from where I come from that is a lot of new teachers! Consequently, we want and need to have a strong new teacher program to help with this transition. As many are aware, almost 50% of new teachers exit the profession by their 5th year. This number makes me a little uncomfortable, so here is my list of what I want all new teachers to know: embrace your mistakes, focus on student relationships, create engaging lessons, and get connected to your professional community." | by Justin Tarte


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New Teacher Disillusionment: Inevitable or Preventable?

New Teacher Disillusionment: Inevitable or Preventable? | Thoughts for New Teachers | Scoop.it
Do new teachers need to hit rock bottom or can first-year disillusionment be prevented?
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Ten Ways to Cultivate a Love of Reading in Students

Ten Ways to Cultivate a Love of Reading in Students | Thoughts for New Teachers | Scoop.it
As a teacher, I was obsessed with cultivating a love of reading in my students. I love to read, loved it as a kid too. I'm equally compelled to ensure that my own child loves reading -- and he does.

 

Here are ten suggestions for how any teacher, teaching any subject can participate in this mission, and how parents and administrators can help.

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Op-Ed: For First-Year Teachers, It’s Sink or Swim

Op-Ed: For First-Year Teachers, It’s Sink or Swim | Thoughts for New Teachers | Scoop.it
The founder of the New Teacher Center says, "We are not setting up most new teachers to make a difference, and their students pay the price."
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8 Steps to Teaching Tier 2 Academic Vocabulary Words in Your Classroom

8 Steps to Teaching Tier 2 Academic Vocabulary Words in Your Classroom | Thoughts for New Teachers | Scoop.it
The Common Core has made the learning of frequently used academic vocabulary words a top priority in their focus on creating standards in the public schools.   It follows then that finding just…
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interactive-notebook

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Info for interactive notebooks across many course types.

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Record number of homeless children enrolled in public schools, new data show

Record number of homeless children enrolled in public schools, new data show | Thoughts for New Teachers | Scoop.it
The number of homeless children in public schools has increased 72 percent since the beginning of the recession.
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Should Schools Teach Social Media Skills?

Should Schools Teach Social Media Skills? | Thoughts for New Teachers | Scoop.it
Taking selfies at funerals. Tagging pictures of teens drinking alcohol at parties.
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Blooming Orange

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The Math Doesn't Add Up For Teacher Evaluations

The Math Doesn't Add Up For Teacher Evaluations | Thoughts for New Teachers | Scoop.it

"Many states are applying for NCLB waivers. But they are adopting teacher evaluation criteria that are statistically, professionally, and morally inappropriate. This would be fine if 20% to 50% (or more) of student achievement could be attributed to teachers. But decades of peer-reviewed research show that teachers are responsible for 10% to 15% of student achievement at best. The remaining influences on student achievement are other school factors (another 5% to 10%), non-school factors (60% or so), and random error (about 20%)." | by Scott McLeod


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Digital Citizenship: Manners Matter Netiquette

Digital Citizenship: Manners Matter Netiquette | Thoughts for New Teachers | Scoop.it
Good infographic. Well worth going over each point with your students to help them navigate their online lives and build a positive digital footprint. Knowthenet presents Manners Matter the online ...

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Teacher Helpline: How Can I Incorporate Social Media Into Icebreaker Activities?

Teacher Helpline: How Can I Incorporate Social Media Into Icebreaker Activities? | Thoughts for New Teachers | Scoop.it
Find education news, teaching strategies, lesson plans, activity ideas and more on the WeAreTeachers blog. Featuring posts by guest bloggers and teachers as well as WeAreTeachers editors.
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Op-Ed: This Is What’s Wrong With Teacher Evaluations

Op-Ed: This Is What’s Wrong With Teacher Evaluations | Thoughts for New Teachers | Scoop.it

If I had more of a say, here is what I'd like to see from an evaluation system. First, teachers should be made fully aware of the standards and expectations we need to meet. Second, we must receive clarity around specific evaluation measures. And third, we need to receive feedback that will help us improve our teaching.

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Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferencing

Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferencing | Thoughts for New Teachers | Scoop.it
Last week I spent an afternoon coaching teachers on preparing for parent conferences. That same day, after work, I attended my son's fall parent-teacher conference. Given these different perspectives
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