by Sonja Parks, Camille Cavazos, Raven Ham, Timothy Fung, Caroline Messenger, and Bryan Flaig
Just in time for Valentine's Day, five educators share the source of their educational passion. Every February 14, millions of couples gush about why they love each other. Since this is the season for proclaiming passions, we asked six educators a simple question: "What do you love about teaching?" Here's what they said.
by Howard Vogel, Dr. Shelley Margow, Andy Plemmons, and Jude Miqueli
Previously featured in eSchool News on February 1, 2018
Here are some best practices for teaching the social-emotional skills students need to connect with their peers, their teachers, and the wider world.
With their crowded calendars, today’s educators can be hard pressed to find time to learn from each other. Since the agendas at PD days tend to be structured with district initiatives and teachers’ peer-to-peer collaboration, time may sometimes be limited to a four-minute passing period, lunch or the few precious moments before or after students come into the classroom. Learn more about how Andover Middle School teachers solve this problem.
by Carolyn Hollowell
In today’s results-driven society, administrators are focusing more than ever on summative evaluations. But, as a recent Education Week article points out, if the goal is improving students’ performance and developing good teachers into great contributors, evaluation should sometimes take a back seat to coaching.
by JL McCall
The ears are the doorway to the brain: In order for the brain to develop auditory connections, we have to feed the brain auditory information. The brain can only grow connections based on the data it receives. What comes out of the child is what went into the brain.
by Robin Glugatch and Andy Plemmons
Featured in eSchool News on December 12, 2017
For the sake of our students, we must embrace the changing role of the school librarian. 2017 was a year filled with makerspaces, student engagement, personalized learning, and more. Here, two seasoned librarians shed light on their biggest lessons learned in 2017 and look forward to the up-and-coming trends for the new year.
by Andrea Friend
All teachers know that every moment counts during the school day and more often than not, a teacher's peer-to-peer collaboration time is during a four-minute passing period, lunch, or the few precious moments before or after school. Tools that promote peer-to-peer learning are a huge wine because, honestly, no matter how much time teachers are given for PD, they could always use more time to collaborate.
by Stacey Ryan
Featured in edtech digest on November 2, 2017
Connected educator month just happened, but in reality, the connecting never ends. A 7th-grade math educator shares the tools she uses to stay connected with fellow educators, experts, and her students.
THE Journal's 2017 Readers' Choice Awards are here! Lightspeed was honored with the Platinum Award for Favorite Classroom Audio Distribution/Sound Enhancement System.
When teaching the 21st-century skill of communication, many schools focus on reading and writing, but spoken communication is just as important to students’ success in school and in life. Glossophobia, the fear of public speaking, affects 75% of our population. In some cases, this fear has the power to keep students—or educators—from achieving their goals.