An educational blog for teachers and students.

Common core
Posted on August 11, 2013 by Alan Haskvitz
Try flexible classroom seating arrangements
In the past most teachers arranged students to be seated in rows with all seats facing the front. However, if the seats are moveable, why not try a variety of arrangements? I've found some great resources to help my fellow teachers set up their classrooms while still considering optimal student learning, safety, creativity and group learning.  Feel free to let me know what's worked best for you and if you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them. 

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Computers
Posted on August 5, 2013 by Alan Haskvitz
Nings: Teachers talking to teachers
What exactly is a ning anyway?  Wikipedia describes a ning as "an online platform for people and organizations to create custom social networks."  The resources in my blog post will familiarize you with the concept.  Learn why you should know more about them and how they can help you in your classroom.   

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Language arts
Posted on July 22, 2013 by Alan Haskvitz
Learn about guided reading
If you're looking to learn more about or expand on your guided reading lessons in your classroom, check out the resources I've found!  They include the four block method, questioning skills, time allocation, strategies for motivating young readers, and much, much more! 

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Common core
Posted on July 8, 2013 by Alan Haskvitz
Explore discipline resources
Classroom discipline is probably the most difficult thing for a teacher to master. However, though tiresome, a few rules help.  I'll walk you through some steps that I've found can keep your classroom in order, as well as show you some really helpful resources you can use for more information on just about any discipline topic. 

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Common core
Posted on July 1, 2013 by Alan Haskvitz
Top 11 traits of a good teacher
What makes a good teacher?  Is there a rhyme or reason why one teacher is better than another?  I’m not sure about either of those; I don’t think there is a rule or a solid conclusion.  But I do know that researchers from around the world have watched and studied teachers over the years and identified several traits that excellent teachers have in common.  Click inside to read more. 

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