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  1. Be a Pro-Change Teacher

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    Many teachers (especially experienced ones) suffer from what I call “change phobia.” And if not carefully monitored, even new teachers can be inflicted with this the career-ending disease. What is “change phobia” you ask? It’s exactly what you may think it is; it’s an unhealthy fear of change.

    As teachers, we can’t afford to be “change phobics”; the nature of our job dictates that we must remain open to change (sometimes at a moment’s notice). But what if you’re not used to it or don’t know where to start? Well, I’m glad you asked, because here’s something I want you to try.

     

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    I want to you to do an exercise with your class I call “Teacher for a Day.” The effectiveness of this exercise depends on the maturity level of your class (and your receptiveness). I would think 4th grade and above would work fine, but I’ll let you make the call.

    Have your students take out a blank sheet a paper, and then I want you to write this question on the board:

    “If I was teacher for a day…
    this is what I would do to make our class more fun and educational?”

    Have each student write down at least one to three ideas on their sheet of paper and turn it in with their names on it. It doesn’t have to be written in narrative form; it could be written as a list of items, as long as it’s legible. This shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes.

    After they turn in their papers, take them home with you, and see what ideas make the most sense and are the most realistic to implement. Then simply determine how you can (and will) incorporate those ideas (i.e., changes) into your lesson plan.

    I must warn you to prepare yourself to be shocked by the creative (even weird) ideas you’re going to receive from your students. Also, as an added (and optional) bonus, announce which students came up with the best and most creative ideas, and give them some special gift, treat, or prize.

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  2. Go for Your Teaching Goals

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      by Professor Joe Martin Here’s a question, “Do you know how advertisers get us to buy things?” Is it by creating a desire for it? Is it by creating fear of not having it? You’re right in both cases, but a more subtle way that seems to be more... Comment
  3. Homeschool vs. School-at-Home

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    By: Linda Warren   Most people believe that if your child does not go to public or private school that they are being homeschooled. Maybe or maybe not. That depends on who you ask and what definition of homeschooling you follow. School-at-Home School-at-home is generally considered at school curriculum administered at... Comment
  4. Homework Wars

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    By: Rachelle Nones   Kids don’t want to do it. Teachers don’t want to grade it. Experts don’t even know if it has any true education value.  So the question is: Is homework really necessary? No thorough answer to the homework question would be complete without the input of students. After surveying... Comment
  5. Classroom Displays

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    Classroom displays are an integral part of a classroom.  They help children feel valued and involved.  Their artwork is often displayed on the walls but needs framing appropriately.  Classroom displays can help. We stock a huge number of classroom display products, from display letters to banners, borders and trimmers, all... Comment

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