Do you hold these 3 limiting beliefs about students?
This week on the Truth for Teachers: If you’re feeling frustrated in the classroom because it seems like your students are simply refusing to learn, then it might be time to take a step back and rethink the way you see the situation. We’ll take a look at some of the commonly-held limiting beliefs and assumptions about “bad” students and how this might be shaping your teaching experience.
How to act (rather than react) and stop wasting class time when kids are off-task
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Classroom clutter–what to keep and what to toss
Clean up classroom clutter for better productivity for you and your students. Here's a quick list of what to keep and what to toss. #classroomorganization #decluttering #tipsforteachers
Using inquiry to help kids develop critical consciousness
How can you design learning experiences that help kids understand themselves and their place in the world? 5th grade teacher Jess Lifshitz shares how she creates inquiry experiences that help kids develop understandings about personal identity, bias, moving beyond a single story, and seeing what isn’t there (critically studying history). #criticalconsciousness #teachingcriticalconsciousness #tipsforteachers #teaching #equityineducation
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Want to shift your mindset and daily practices toward a greener teaching practice. In this interview with Heidi Rose, you’ll learn small actionable steps you can take to raise students’ consciousness about their consumption and reduce the amount of trash generated in your classroom. The term “zero-waste” can seem daunting. And the truth is that …
The top 3 questions teachers ask me about classroom tech
The top 3 questions teachers ask me about classroom tech | Technology in the classroom can be overwhelming at first. In this blog post, I'm answering the top 3 issues teachers have with tech and how so solve them!
Class Creator: A streamlined way to determine student class placement
Student class placement can range from difficult to downright frustrating. Good thing a group of elementary school teachers designed Class Creator --a system that will make the whoe process easier and simpler
How to motivate students to take ownership of their learning
Inspire kids to take ownership of their learning with these strategies. Remember that the more ownership of the learning you hand over to students, the more engagement you’re going to have!
Extreme student behavior: 7 traps to avoid when NOTHING seems to work
Dealing with bad student behavior? Here are 7 traps of extreme behavior issues that you'd want to avoid when NOTHING seems to work.
Stop overworking Future You: why NOW is the perfect time to make changes in your classroom
One of the big principles that we’re always coming back to in The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club is that implementing small changes right away is more effective than hoping you’ll feel like implementing big changes later on. We often make the mistake of assuming that our future selves will somehow be less stressed and busy and more disciplined and productive, and therefore we’ll able to handle making positive changes LATER. #timemanagementforteachers #teacherproductivity #teacheradvice
Tips for Passing Out and Collecting Papers
If you're drowning in unfinished student worksheets then this post is for you! These tips for collecting and passing out papers will help you and your students stay organized and focused on learning.
What teachers need to know about the gender gap, disengaged boys, and girls in crisis
I recently heard physician, psychologist, and author Dr. Leonard Sax talking on NPR about how our schools are failing boys. I was absolutely fascinated by his insights, and was thrilled when he agreed to be a guest on my Truth for Teachers podcast. Listen in as I chat with Dr. Sax about the challenges boys are facing in schools, the unique crisis girls are facing, and what teachers need to know about supporting all students. #education #gendergap #supportingstudents
What are your secret rules for how everyone else should behave?
Learn how to identify your own secret rules and how those conflict with the secret rules of the people around you. This article/podcast epsiode will show you how to get curious rather than judgmental. You can explore your secret rules, and consider what secret rules might be driving other people’s decision-making. This process will give you distance from the little stuff that’s bothering you, so that you can be more at peace within yourself and with others.
Quick Skill Assessment Form: A simple system for differentiation & documentation
Quick Skill Assessment Form: A simple system for differentiation
Which aspects of teaching can you eliminate to free up more time?
Let’s talk about time management for teachers. More specifically how you can save more time in the classroom by changing how you grade papers, handle makeup work, and how to choose which aspects of teaching to eliminate. #teachertimemanagement #teacherproductivity #classroommanagement
3 things teachers focus on in high poverty classrooms that get real results
3 things teachers focus on in high poverty classrooms that get real results --Tamara and Sarah of Equi-TEA talk about how teachers can build trust and relationships with students and their families. #tipsforteachers #classroommanagement #highpovertyclassroom