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Teacher Grant

Aug 15, 2019

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Grant to Advance Student Learning

Study.com offers a $1,000 Grant for Teachers to support them in developing curricula, purchasing supplies, or implementing projects that positively impact students and improve learning. In applying for the grant, teachers should describe their challenges with individualized instruction and relate how they overcame those challenges.

podcast on how children learn

Aug 15, 2019

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Podcast Exploring Innovations in Education

The MindShift podcast investigates innovations and issues that are shaping how children learn. Topics include “How Teachers Designed a School Centered On Caring Relationships,” “Why Ninth Grade Can Be a Big Shock For High School Students,” and “Overcoming Childhood Trauma: How Parents and Schools Work to Stop the Cycle.”

Teaching and Creativity Go Hand in Hand

May 24, 2019

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Engaging Teaching is About Flexing Our Creative Muscles

Sir Ken Robinson once said in a TED Talk that "Teaching is creative profession."

I love that line. 

Because of systems in place, as well as cultural stereotypes, and Mrs. Crabapple from The Simpsons, it is very easy to believe that teachers are just walking textbooks, or playback machines, or mindless dictators (ok, maybe I can be a little dictatorish sometimes). But these descriptions are limiting, because at the heart of teaching is creativity.

Reach ALL students at your school.

May 10, 2019

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A Voice for Everyone

My colleague and I recently formed a bilingual parent group to strengthen our relationship with our Spanish speaking families. Parents repeatedly explained that the language barrier caused them to feel that they did not have a voice. Each parent expressed a desire to feel more connected to our school. Hearing this made me think, “How can we give a voice to the voiceless in our schools?” To overcome this barrier, we brought families together to record a video. Parents shared the importance of education in their families and then expressed what they wished teachers knew about them. The video has made such a strong impact in our community that it is now shown throughout Wisconsin.

Enjoy this blog from the Mississippi Teacher of the Year

May 03, 2019

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Teaching Compassion and Culture in the Classroom

I have always been passionate about reaching the student that no one else feels they can reach or the student that is typically considered the underdog. I began to lose interest in school when I was in 7th grade. I could study and do the work if I put my mind to it, but I lost motivation quickly. I did not get that motivation back until I was a junior in college. I finally realized that I needed to get my life together. I feel like there are so many students out there like me who are lost and looking for direction. I want to be the teacher I needed at that point in my life. I wasn’t stupid, but I needed guidance to reach my full potential. Having a relationship with your students and knowing them well enough to recognize and respond to their needs is so important.

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