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Online Resources for Music Teachers
posted by: Alix | May 24, 2012, 10:43 am   

Being a good music educator requires more than just teaching the notes on a page.  Music is a subject that is likely to be labeled as “old school” because – let’s face it – playing the violin does not involve a username or password.  In this age of MP3 players and online radio, music educators are finding great ways to engage music students by bringing technology into the classroom.  Music educators have a wealth of information available to them on the internet to help keep the music classroom on the “cutting edge.”
 
Cell Phones in the Modern Classroom
posted by: Alix | May 23, 2012, 10:04 am   

According to recent statistics, cell phone usage among American students has exploded in the last two years. Once strictly limited during school hours, cell phones are now commonly used by students throughout the school day. While some stakeholders believe cell phone technology can enrich the classroom experience or provide students a level of security, others are finding them to be a distraction, leaving administrators searching for policies that balance technology needs with a structured environment conducive to student learning.
 
Getting More Out of Your Teacher Evaluations
posted by: Alix | May 15, 2012, 04:31 pm   

In most states and school districts, teacher evaluations have become a fact of life. While the intended goal of evaluations is to help support and improve teacher performance, many teachers struggle with making the most out of their evaluations. Though many of the components of teacher evaluations lie outside of a teacher's control, there are things any teacher can do to ensure they benefit from their evaluation. Here are a few suggestions:
 
Best Practices Weekly: May Edition
posted by: Alix | May 08, 2012, 10:46 am   


Check out these great teacher resources from Best Practices Weekly:

*Volume 2, Edition 13 – Increasing Students' Retention of Material
It is always frustrating for teachers when students learn something one day and then don't remember it the next. In an article for Education Week: Teacher magazine, a veteran teacher and member of the Teacher Leaders Network discusses what science has to say about increasing retention of material.

 
Cinco de Mayo Resources for Teachers
posted by: Alix | May 02, 2012, 01:32 pm   

Cinco de Mayo, observed on May 5 every year, is a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride in the United States and a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War. Meaning "Fifth of May" in Spanish, this holiday is an excellent opportunity for teachers to address subjects including Mexican history, art, culture, language, math and music.
 
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