The Chalk Blog

Why Did You Become a Teacher? Identify Your Why [VIDEO]

 

Knowing and reminding yourself why you are a teacher is key to success.  It will help you focus on your students, increase your own resilience, decrease the likelihood of burnout and weather the bad days! Check out this video blog for a better understanding of how you can identify your why.

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration

Student Success Skills: Innate or Teachable?

I am the lucky (sometimes crazed) mother of two teenagers! They are amazing, rock star children…in my mind anyway. We love to be together and enjoy life, and there is always plenty of laughter (sometimes at my expense). As they have gotten older and progressed through school, I have often wondered if they “have what it takes to be successful.” This, at times, becomes a worry when I think about whether I have done enough to prepare them to be positive, contributing members of society. 

Can you relate? As a parent or even as an educator? My guess is you can. 

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Topics: Teaching Excellence

Teacher Reflection Exercises

Have you ever walked by a mirror after spending an hour in public only to realize your mascara was smeared half way across your face? Or maybe you caught a glimpse of yourself in a shop window as you strolled along…you and that piece of toilet paper stuck to your shoe. My colleague once sauntered into a local gas station with his wife’s underwear stuck to his shirt—thanks to good ole’ static cling! What do these things have in common (other than being extremely embarrassing AND funny!)? Well, they could have all been corrected with a peek in the mirror. Let’s talk about the use of reflection as it pertains to our professional lives 

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration

Reading Comprehension: as easy as B-I-N-G-O!

There are thousand of reading comprehension activities out there today, but a big key to improving reading comprehension is parent involvement.  After completing Learners Edge Course 760: Building Comprehension in the Primary Grades, teacher Melissa Orozco created an amazing family reading bingo board to provide an interactive activity that involves students, parents and reading at home.  Check out her activity below.

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Topics: Literacy

Continuing Education: A Course is Born

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Topics: Learners Edge News

Bullying Prevention

I Remember…..Personal Reflections and Professional Perspectives on Bullying  

Bullying is a critical concern in schools across the nation. Every member of a school community should be educated on possible sources and signs of bullying, as well as resources to stomp out this devastating social-emotional student challenge. Thank goodness we now have powerful, accessible teaching tools based on research and science, designed to target the national bullying epidemic.  

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Topics: Teaching Advice

Stages of Team Development [VIDEO]

 
 

Schools are collaborative environments filled with committees, councils and teams. It is normal for it to take time for groups to gel and become productive. Check out this video blog for a better understanding of the four stages of team development.

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Topics: Teaching Advice

Prevent Teacher Burnout: Get Rid of Fluff

Let’s talk about fluff!  You are likely asking yourself, “What is fluff?” Well, an image search of “fluff” gives us a picture of marshmallow cream and a super cute, puffy puppy! While delicious and adorable (in that order)neither are necessary to make gains with students. As an educator, I would define “fluff” as the stuff you truly don’t need to be doing. It doesn’t meet a standard. It doesn’t equate to student learning. It creates work for you with no benefit to stakeholders, and it adds to your stress level! 

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration

Developing an Outdoor Classroom [VIDEO]

 
 

Did you know that there is a global "Outdoor Classroom Day?" On October 12, 2017, thousands of schools around the world will take their lessons outdoors and prioritize playtime but you don't have to wait until Outdoor Classroom Day to take your lessons outdoors. Find out some easy ways you can bring your classroom outside and prioritize play with the video blog below.

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Topics: Teaching Advice

Personalized Learning: Creating Student Choice

Guest post by Darren Ellwein, Principal of Harrisburg South Middle School, Harrisburg, South Dakota

It has been well-documented that not much has changed in education in the past century. The classroom environment today has eerie similarities to the past. Students in colleges and universities around the world are trained to believe they are the holders of all knowledge. This then transfers to a ‘modern’ classroom with a teacher providing all students in a room the same information, even though some are ready to move on or need more time to comprehend the material.  

This does not exemplify all schools, though. Harrisburg South Middle School in Harrisburg, South Dakota, has several examples that break this traditional model that has been in place since the Industrial Revolution. Within our walls we have learners, not students.

We have learners that are embracing the freedom to drive their learning.  

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration

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At Learners Edge, we evaluate completed coursework that great teachers have submitted for their continuing education/professional development.

Often times, teachers knock our socks off with their insightful and meaningful material.

We use The Chalk Blog to highlight some of the coursework we receive and share teacher advice that may be helpful to you.

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