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Why Join a Professional Organization or Association?

Ask other teachers in the building which professional organizations they have found beneficial to their teaching lives.  Every teacher should join some sort of professional organization, but not necessarily a union, for the following four reasons: Support from Other Teachers Every teacher needs a support system in place. Professional Organizations are a professional home to…
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Writing Practice

Research and my own experience tell me that students must practice writing in short, daily exercises to develop the fluency needed to grow as writers.  Because reading and writing are connected and because books are ideal mentors and models of what authors do, I recommend that whatever you and your students are reading, they should…
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Parent Teacher Conferences 101

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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