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Top Ten Best Places to Find Holiday Lessons
posted by: Garry | November 24, 2015, 02:53 pm   

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Christmas break is less than a month away. The following month will be a hectic one for students and teachers alike. Now is the time to start planning for the holiday season! If you’re a new teacher or an experienced educator just looking to add a little something new to their lessons this month, we’ve picked our favorite outlets for quality, creative lessons this season. Enjoy!


12 Awesome Formative Assessment Examples
posted by: Garry | November 17, 2015, 12:55 pm   

Finding new and unique ideas for formative assessments is always a struggle. However, the team over at the Global Digital Citizen Foundation has some ideas in the following blog, originally posted on their site last April.

Formative assessment tools used in the classroom provide critical feedback to teachers, helping them to monitor and modify their instruction methods and lesson plans. Teachers are better able to meet the unique needs of individual students, empowering them through personalized and timely feedback.


The Cat, The Fish, and The Waiter
posted by: Garry | November 06, 2015, 12:53 pm   

Guest Post by Rose Bergues


The Cat, The Fish, and The Waiter is a charming story penned by teenaged author Marianna Bergues. The whimsical tale would be a hit with elementary school children even if the book was constructed in the ordinary manner…but it isn’t!

The story revolves around French waiter Peter who attempts to manage a busy day at Le Petit Café, all the while being besieged by various requests. By an odd coincidence, two vacationing friends ask him to pet-sit a fish and a cat. Additionally, Peter’s new mattress is delivered on the same day. All seems to go well at first, until Peter (who seemingly has a bad habit of granting access to his apartment to anyone who asks) comes home to find the place ransacked and the animals missing.

The Issue of Teacher Licensure
posted by: Garry | November 04, 2015, 06:19 pm   

Alabama State Teacher of the Year and finalist for National Teacher of the Year, Ann Marie Corgill resigned from teaching after 21 years this week. By all accounts, Ms. Corgill was an excellent teacher. She was a National Board Certified Teacher. Her students, colleagues, and principal all spoke well of her. She was a mentor to other teachers and a published author. Moreover, there’s every indication that she loved her students and that she loved her job. What could possibly drive such a talent out of the system?


The answer is teacher licensing.


New Report May Have the Answer to Attracting Excellent Teachers
posted by: Garry | November 04, 2015, 11:09 am   

Smart, Skilled, and Striving” – a new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) – was just released this week as a means to answer the question, “How do we attract more teachers to the teaching profession?” They claim the solution is to raise the bar.


Researchers assert that more new teachers will enter the education workforce if the profession is seen as a more prestigious and respected profession. There are 6 primary proposals the come from this report:

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