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Composting in Schools, or not?

Most school districts have adopted recycling programs, and children have been educated on the importance of recyclable items, such as plastics, cans, glass, cardboard, and paper. Student’s participate in collecting, and separating these items with an understanding that they can be reused for manufacturing purposes when turned into the proper…

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Montessori Middle School

Montessori Middle School

Last week I examined a few principles of Montessori instruction and how they can be used to benefit students in a traditional middle school setting. It isn't surprising that the more engaged and hands-on students are, the more they learn. And since Montessori champions those principles, it is a rich…

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Digital Classroom Management

Digital Classroom Management

Ever have a great technology lesson that flopped?  Even with our best efforts, we see it as failure simply because of the classroom management.  I wrote a post on being a GEEK: Great Educators Engage Kids!  You can't engage kids effectively, unless you incorporate key classroom management techniques! Recently, I…

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Never Forget: September 11th In The Classroom

Never Forget: September 11th in the Classroom

9-11 Memorial in New York City

Do you remember what happened at 8:46 AM New York Time on September 11, 2011?  It’s one I’ll never forget.  I was in high school at the time in a career exploration class (wearing a New York skyline shirt) and our teacher turned on the television to show us what was happening.  It was both shocking and surreal.  Many emotions ran through my mind as we stopped the lesson and began focusing on what the events surrounding that day really meant for our lives and for those behind us.  Fast forward several years and we are still living with the consequences that resulted from the events in New York, at the Pentagon, and on United Flight 93.  Many of the youth in our schools were either too young to remember or not even born yet, so how do we teach about such a tragic event in our nation’s history?  Here’s three ideas you can try during this week:

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Just Right Books

Just Right Books

Finding fun ways to help students develop a love of reading takes a bit of planning. As educators, we want our student to be successful and find "Just right books". Meaning they are reading books that interest them and are written on their reading level. If students are reading "just…

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Kid’s Can Be Published Author’s Too!

Publishing is the least used aspect of the writing process in elementary schools, as  classrooms teachers in the primary grades often become focused primarily on teaching techniques, or strategies within a writer’s workshop modality that sometimes lacks consistency to determine its overall effectiveness. Moreover, teachers introduce the process of writing…

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Lines Of Communication

Lines of Communication

Great communication is key to having a great school and a great teacher. Communication is literally at our fingertips 24/7, but what technology piece is right for you and your families? I have included some of the sites and apps that I use to keep the lines of communication open…

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