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Jun 2017
Vol 14 No 2
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The Complexity of Teaching

By Robert Rose

There you stand trying to get the attention of your thirty-four students. Each one is so different from the others that it would take hours to list their physical, mental, emotional, and cultural differences. Yet, your job is to impart to this group a very specific body of information and skills in a prescribed amount of time using pre- scribed texts and materials – and you are to keep them quiet, attentive, and on-task after you give them an assignment. Totally impossible to do hour after hour, day after day.

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From the Teachers.Net Community

The Future of Educational Technology – The New Toolbox

By Stephen McClard

Educating the best and the brightest in this brave new world will take a new and improved educational paradigm. Allowing our educational tools to age in the corner of the classroom will be the mistake that may cost us our future. Throwing away masses of children to inequitable access will ensure that we languish at the bottom of the global pool of employable workers for decades to come.

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Autistic Spectrum Disorder – 9 Sites to Help with Challenges and Solutions

By Susan Fitzell

Autistic Spectrum Disorder – Resources to help with challenges and solutions

The latest research indicates that 1 in 150 births[1] are estimated to be in the Autistic Spectrum. Consequently, children in the autistic spectrum make up an increasingly significant segment of the public school classroom.  Now, more than ever before, teachers face the challenge to meet the requirements of a diverse classroom and there’s no magic formula to address each child’s unique needs. So, to support your efforts to help children with autism reach their potential, we offer nine surefire …

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How To Handle Talkative Students

By Michael Linsin

www.smartclassroommanagement.com

At Thanksgiving dinner, my grandfather used to blurt out whatever was on his mind, interrupt others while they were talking, and dominate the conversation.

I was a grade schooler at the time, but if I could, I would have put him in time-out so the rest of us could join in the conversation.

But behavior like this isn’t just rude at Thanksgiving. It’s always rude. And it’s also always rude in the classroom.

If …

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Apple Seeds – Quotes for Educators

By Barb Stutesman

Here are the Apple Seeds quotes for educators that were posted daily on the Teacher Chatboard during February, 2010

February 2010

02-01:  A great goal in life is the only fortune worth finding. ~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

02-02:  The groundhog is like most other prophets; it delivers its prediction and then disappears.   ~ Bill Vaughan

02-03:  The best shortcut is the long way, which is basically two words: work hard. ~ Randy Pausch

02-04:  If you set out to be successful, …

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Schoolies Cartoon

By Humorist John P. Wood

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The Bank Account Project – Real Life Money Lesson

By Jana McCabe

As a new teacher, I was surprised to discover how often teachers distributed math
worksheets during instruction.

Reflecting upon the relationship between the “drill worksheets” and critical thinking has prompted me to wonder:

•    How do these worksheets relate to our students?

•    How do students connect them to a real-life situation that will arise and require a real  answer?

•    As students fill out these worksheets, are they aware that they are actually learning?

•    Will they be able to apply this …

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Primary Years Physical Education Program – Saudi Arabia

By Mohammed Asim Ghazi

Physical education inquiry

To plan physical education (PE) inquiry, teachers must consider the following questions.

• What do we want students to learn?

• What do teachers need to learn about this topic?

• How best will students learn?

• How will we know what students have learned?

What do we want students to learn?…

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Robin Watch Chart: Spring Fun & Learning for PreK – Primary

By Teachers.Net Community


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A great idea contributed by a member of the Teachers.Net community!

If you live in a region where robin sightings mean “SPRING IS HERE!” then your students will enjoy keeping track of their sightings on an easy to make chart you can post on the classroom wall or door. Just make or draw a simple red-breasted robin shape (don’t forget the worm!)  and provide slips of paper nearby….

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Higher Education – Our Educational Path

By Todd R. Nelson

One of the greatest gifts we can give to another generation is our experience, our wisdom. —Desmond Tutu

In our all-school morning meeting one day, we watched the brief trailer for Andrew Zuckerman’s book called Wisdom. It begins with Scottish actor/comedian Billy Connolly: “Wisdom to me isn’t the answer. Wisdom is the question.” Zuckerman has gathered fifty global elders, filmed and photographed them, and collected their words, or questions, of wisdom. It was brief, and …

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Today is… Funky, Funny, Some Serious March Dates

By Ron Victoria

March is…

National Nutrition Month

National Women’s History Month

American Red Cross Month

Music In Our School’s Month

National Eye Donor Month

National Craft Month.

Mar. 1 is … National Pig Day and Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

Mar. 2 is … Old Stuff Day, read across America day

Mar. 3 is … I Want You To Be Happy Day, Peach Blossom Day, and National Anthem Day

Mar. 4 is … Holy Experiment Day

Mar. 5 is … Multiple Personalities Day

Mar. 6 is … National Frozen Food Day

Mar. 7 is … National Crown Roast of Pork Day

Mar. 8 is … Be Nasty …

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IMHO – A Reflection on Almost Three Decades in the Classroom

By Teachers.Net Community

Posted by Bill t 6 NC on the Teacher Chatboard

(Editor’s note: This post was composed before the Toyota recalls.)

A Ghanaian proverb says that the death of any nation begins in the homes of its people. Parents are the first teachers of their children.

I had a critic tell me that if Toyota put out a product as poor as the products produced by our public schools, then Toyota would go out of business. True, yet Toyota gets to choose …

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Designing Instruction Around How the Brain Learns

By Bill Page

What teachers need to know about the brain to make their teaching more effective. What kids can enjoy by contributing to lessons as they brain-storm in small groups.

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Mr. Woodhead Humor

By Humorist John P. Wood

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