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Every post in this discussion gives you important ideas to really think about and use. As a former student teacher supervisor, the one thing I would add would be to bring a willingness to observe...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2011 10:56 pm UTC

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Brainstorming is part of teaching. When planning, you need to think of every angle. Everyone brainstorms differently. I like to gather as many resources as I can, and talk to people. Then I...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 8:37 am UTC

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Being firm does not have to mean being mean. It means standing your ground. Kids will take a mile if you give them an inch, as the saying goes. So you have to learn not to give in unless there...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 8:39 am UTC

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I try to introduce my procedures from the beginning. A lot of it has to do with organization. I show them how my classroom is organized, and how I expect them to be organized. It sets the tone...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 9:41 am UTC

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There is no single best assessment tool or strategy. What works well in one situation may not work well in a different situation. There are too many variables that affect where, when, and how a...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2018 2:20 pm UTC

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I agree with post 3. I think it is important for all students to experience some type of finance course. An brief introduction to business practices might be interesting and helpful, but I don't...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2011 10:24 pm UTC

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The major limitation of using video in the classroom is that it allows students to be too passive. If you just put a film on and have the students watch it, you are not allowing them any sort of...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2012 2:28 am UTC

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The instructor usually handles introductions in this case. It is important that you maintain an air of professionalism in the class. One should be dressed in business-casual attire and be attentive...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2019 5:54 pm UTC

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I found that I hated the provided worksheets more than the students did. For grammar, I much preferred to use small white boards to try out sentences, have the students correct the four at their...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2011 10:33 pm UTC

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I have a freakish interest in novel artwork--you know, the art on covers of classic books. (I have 22 different editions/covers for The Scarlet Letter, for example.) I nearly always start a lit...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2010 2:26 pm UTC

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I agree with howesk about the form making it easier to write the letter. My school doesn't have a form, but several years ago I created one for students who requested a letter from me to complete....

Latest answer posted November 26, 2011 3:08 pm UTC

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To answer your questions in reverse order: I'm sure it is not illegal for a teacher to require 17 book reports during a single school year. However, I do think that is a rather excessive number. I,...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2012 6:01 am UTC

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The best way is with physical examples. I have kids act out the sentences. For example, she walks. Singular, we have a girl at the front of the room walking. They walk, plural. We have two...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2012 10:53 am UTC

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Teachers can use objectives to assist students because the objectives make it easier for the student to understand what the teacher is looking for in the assignment. Students often end up feeling...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2012 1:58 am UTC

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A rubric can help your students to understand your expectations for an assignment because it tells exactly what you are looking for on that assignment and how important each aspect of the...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2012 1:48 am UTC

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The best classroom management technique is organization. If you are prepared, and your classroom runs efficiently, you will have fewer management problems. Keep the kids busy, and make sure they...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 9:47 am UTC

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The brand doesn't matter as much as support. A doctor told me recently virtually everyone needs orthopedic inserts. These can be custom-made by some doctors. However, this doctor said the new...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2011 9:42 am UTC

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There is nothing illegitimate about giving a multiple choice test for a novel, as long as it is well written and accurately reflects a students' knowledge. It is sometimes more difficult to assess...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2011 9:05 am UTC

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One of the most difficult objectives for teachers is to ensure that all their students are engaged enough for effective learning. All students are different and each student may have an individual...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2011 8:57 am UTC

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All of the above advice is great, and you need to reflect on which fits you. Pick and choose which you can use in your classroom. I would add two things to the discussion. The first is to have...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2011 10:14 pm UTC

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I firmly believe in study guides because I believe that there is so much excess information in the texts that it is impossible for anyone to know what any particular teacher is going to find...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2011 12:15 pm UTC

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When I taught 9th graders we often drew hamburgers on the board to organize and visualize our thoughts. The topic sentence (or bun) had to introduce and support their overall idea (or the burger...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2012 9:44 am UTC

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I carefully model the process. We begin with short stories and articles, and move on to novels and longer works. I give them specific strategies I want them to use. Rather than just...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 9:44 am UTC

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Document cameras (ELMO) are the best new technology! You can do so many things with them. They do more than just replace overhead projectors. They make your teaching spontaneous and much more...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 9:38 am UTC

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I've never taught in that type of class, but I worked in an online high school and university. In the high school, I made an effort to stay in contact with my students through message boards,...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 9:19 am UTC

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One method might be to encourage as much dialogue and discussion, from as many different cultural points of view, as possible. Students are often fascinated by the differences between their own...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2011 2:58 pm UTC

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Break it up into steps. Make each step an assignment. The planning and brainstorming of ideas should be the first step. Then narrowing down the topic is the second. Teach your kids how to...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 9:40 am UTC

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I have found that the best questions come from the students themselves. Teach them how to ask beyond the surface questions, questions with no right answer, deep, profound, and discussable...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2012 2:39 pm UTC

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Individual Reading Inventories are tests designed to assess a student's reading level and comprehension. They generally focus on one aspect of reading, such as pronunciation or contextual clues,...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2012 2:06 am UTC

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According to most state curriculum standards in the US, 6th graders should not only be able to summarize key events in a story in chronological order, but they should also be able to analyze these...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2012 8:47 pm UTC

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Choose your literature carefully. There are some stories with simple language and sophisticated ideas. Look through the anthologies and book selections from the regular classes, possibly a grade...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 8:45 am UTC

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I'll bet your students will be thoughtful and inspired enough to write their own thesis statement on something they would like to explore. Yours are quite interesting, but sometimes students would...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2010 8:39 am UTC

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Involve students in classroom decisions. I have even had my students decorate the classroom. You can assign your students jobs at any grade level. Someone might write the agenda on the board,...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2012 11:26 pm UTC

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Many of the strategies you can use to enhance the abilities of students to read expository texts are similar to the strategies you use to teach them how to write those texts. In other words, you...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2012 2:36 am UTC

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I have always been impressed with Nancy Atwell. She writes about workshop methods. Although her books are geared toward middle school teachers, they can be applied to every level. Kids learn to...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 9:32 am UTC

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I share my favorite poems with students. I also like to expose them to a wide variety of poems, and show them that interpretations vary. I tell them poetry is about expressing and creating...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 9:35 am UTC

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Blogs actually give you a perspective on the thoughts of a very limited number of early twenty-first century people who are generally rather narcissistic and unwilling to put in the effort to craft...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2012 1:21 am UTC

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Differentiated Instruction or Differentiated Curriculum is adjusting your curriculum to meet the diverse needs and learning styles of students within your classroom. The main goal is to maximise...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2013 4:38 am UTC

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Be sure to put your students in situations they will encounter in everyday life. Have them simulate conversations in grocery stores, job interviews and things like going to the bank. You can also...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 9:49 am UTC

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Depending on the age level (not just ability) of the students with whom you will use this activity, "Word Mine" is a great warm up to use in light of current events, holidays, or other topics...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2010 11:42 pm UTC

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The work has to be meaningful. If you demonstrate how much they will benefit from doing the work, they will be more willing to do it. For example, try giving one test problem on each homework...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 9:27 am UTC

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To me, the way to start with this is to acknowledge that you will need to ask more questions about the scenario. You will need to gather more information about your students before you are able to...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2010 12:10 pm UTC

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There are a lot of new resources for smart boards. Check your textbook and see if there are any from your publisher. You can also look online at the various products you can buy. I know...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 9:13 am UTC

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Check out the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) web site for the yearly list of the top 25 sites for teaching and learning. The list is organized into useful categories and is full...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2011 11:52 am UTC

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Have him keep a notebook. He can record the tips, and any other information you want him to remember. The notebook will give him something to refer back to.

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 9:17 am UTC

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Have your students research colleges as soon as possible. Visiting colleges is also valuable, especially if you can arrange tours to the resource center. If you can get guest speakers who are...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 9:46 am UTC

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Try to focus on the basics with each piece of literature. Review characters, settings, plot and theme each time. Then focus on one specific item each time. For example, focus on literary devices...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 9:15 am UTC

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I think that you probably want to seek the advice of an administrator on this one. You might even want to bring it to their attention as a legal issue. This usually brings quick responses to the...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2011 9:54 am UTC

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Prose includes almost all kinds of literature except poetry. Examples of prose writing could include fictional novels, travel commentaries, factual biographies and autobiographies, instructional...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2012 3:39 pm UTC

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Every year I seem to forget that even these good readers/thinkers/writers need to be reminded to elaborate their arguments. They tend to make claims, assume I believe they are true, and then go...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2011 10:48 am UTC

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