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Everything I Needed to Know I Learned on the School Bus

By Alan Haskvitz • May 13th, 2017


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By Alan Hasvitz

It was a very cold morning. Bitter cold. And I didn’t have to go to work. Smug and delighted, I closed my eyes and enjoyed one of the greatest benefits of retirement: …



Apple Seeds Quotes for Educators

By Barb Stutesman • May 8th, 2017

In case you missed them, here are the Apple Seeds posted during March and April:

03-01:  The stormy March has come at last, / With wind, and cloud, and changing

skies.   ~ William Cullen Bryant

03-02:  It’s better to stand …



A Poem a Day – Todd Nelson

By Todd R. Nelson • May 8th, 2017
When he was poet laureate, Billy Collins created “Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry.” It’s an anthology of “contemporary poems,” enough for one on each school day (with a few to spare, in our case). His goal was to freshen up the perception of poetry by collecting new voices and varied topics, have poems simply read aloud without comment at the beginning of a school day. No point in extracting a confession from them as to deep inner meaning, but just let the topics and words and nuanced feelings flow over us, a trickledown effect of fresh words. Listen to the sound of myriad voices. Tune into perspectives and insights that prose (or texting or Facebook or Snapchat) does not give us.


Promote Critical Thinking: A 3-column Note Taking Strategy

By Susan Fitzell • May 8th, 2017


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Many teachers use a two-column note taking strategy when giving notes to students. However, a colleague of mine takes this up a level by adding an additional column. That third column is used for test …



Teachers – Our National Treasure

By Teachers.Net News Desk • May 8th, 2017


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Rose for teachersHappy Teacher Appreciation Day to you, one of our National Treasures! Thank you for the good and important work you do every day.

There is too rarely adequate acknowledgement of the dedication and excellent work …



Public School: How Does It Rank Against An Alternative Education?

By Brenda Berg • May 8th, 2017
Many parents are doubting the effectiveness of public schools, as studies continue to be published about their failings. It's true that a public school may not be for every child, but can alternative schooling always be the answer? Here's how the different types of schooling stack up.


All In The Game

By Sarah Powley • May 2nd, 2017
Indiana Academic Standards (and the Common Core) call for all teachers—even teachers of physical education—to incorporate literacy into their classroom instruction. While some of those literacy standards—like writing an argumentative essay—have been waived for physical education, some remain. These largely concern the use of vocabulary and discipline-appropriate explanatory or informative writing, including the use of non-linguistic tools such as graphs, flowcharts, and diagrams. By basing the game on vocabulary and the rules of spelling, my colleague was honoring the directive from the state. But Mrs. Oertel had another reason, too, for playing a game based on vocabulary. She believes that learning should be interdisciplinary. “We’re all a team here,” she said. “I want to help out with academic goals.” Indeed, she has a game based on math problems that involves fitness and stations where kids solve math problems on a whiteboard before moving on to the next challenge and another game designed to draw on knowledge learned in social studies. She’s not alone in believing that interdisciplinary lessons bolster what students have learned in other classes.


Happy Earth Day PRINTABLE Piggyback Song Sheet

By Teachers.Net News Desk • Apr 9th, 2017


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Happy Earth Day

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Children celebrate the Earth’s Day with this upbeat song piggy backed on the traditional “Happy Birthday” tune. They could sing to a globe or depiction of the …



PRINTABLE Earth Day Song: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (Piggyback tune)

By Teachers.Net News Desk • Apr 9th, 2017


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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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Reducing the amount of waste and trash, reusing rather than discarding, and recycling materials in order to cut …



Earth Day Piggyback Song: We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands

By Teachers.Net News Desk • Apr 9th, 2017


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We’ve Got the Whole World In Our Hands

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This traditional song is especially appropriate for use during Earth Day theme activities. Children can pick up individual globes to hold up …



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