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Uncovering Consequences

We Americans have fallen in love with technology and digital tools. For evidence, one needs only to look at the prevalence of global positioning systems and cell phones to assist us in our daily navigation and socialization or at the popularity of Facebook. In a recent college composition class, a student wondered about the role…
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Play and Fun Make the Learning Engine Run

One of the aspects I’ve always appreciated about Teachers’ Convention is how inspirational and practical the workshop sectionals are and how many teaching ideas are available.  While in Missoula, I learned that teachers can bring the Montana State Giant Travelling Map to their schools!  The Map idea reminds me of the game Twister with a…
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Conducting Parent-Teacher Conferences

Conducting Parent-Teacher Conferences 101 isn’t a course in teacher education classes, probably because every teacher has a unique personality and communication style and every community has its own context and culture that makes any kind of standard impossible to apply.  There is no formula to address human diversity, and working with people is messy business. …
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Designing Lessons to Build Confidence

By this time in the school year, teachers are no doubt realizing that students want and need structure and direction in their learning. When students experience success early and often, it helps build their confidence. This success depends on well-designed lessons. Because assessment guides this design, teachers focus as much as possible on the goal—on…
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