An educational blog for teachers and students.

Posted on June 19, 2014 by Kathy Rusert

Though I just wrapped up the 2013-14 school year, I know it's only a few short weeks before it's time to begin a new one.  I'll never forget as I was planning for the 2011-12 school year, I started feeling overwhelmed by all that I was asked to do as a science teacher.  I'll explain why in my latest Reach Every Child blog post...

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Common core
Posted on June 17, 2014 by Amanda Dykes
Project based learning

A question I most often hear when it comes to PBL is “What is the difference between PBL and projects I normally do in class?” The answer is pretty simple - it is usually about the learning process as well as the focus. Join me as I examine the differences and explain how I approach these topics in my classroom.

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Common core
Posted on June 13, 2014 by Sandy McCollum
Graded paper

If at first you don’t succeed, could failure be a successful alternative?  Are success and failure absolutes?  Or is there a thin – or moving – line dividing them?  In a world of standardized tests and grade pressure, maybe today is the day to step back for a minute and think about what it all means.  And then it’s back to numbers and standards as usual.

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Language arts
Posted on June 5, 2014 by Alan Haskvitz
student writing

After 40 years in the classroom, I have seen a lot of methods come and go to improve student writing. What I have found works better is teaching students to write to grade level using a formula.  Click inside to find out about this not so secret formula.

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Common core
Posted on May 29, 2014 by Alan Haskvitz
End of school

Veteran teachers, including me, know the difficulties the end of school presents.  It wasn't long into my teaching career before I realized closure to each school year is a learning experience for everyone.  Over the years I've used some unique ideas for end-of-the-year activities in my classroom, so I've listed them and many others in my blog post.  Take a look!

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