Category Archives for Professional Development

New Year’s Resolutions for Teachers: Make 2020 a Creative, Passionate year

Every January, the temptation beckons: New Year’s Resolutions. Will this be the year that we actually lose a few pounds, spend more time with your family, learn healthy recipes,  or increase your activity

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Can ‘genius hour’ bring passion into your classroom?

Imagine your boss telling you that for a certain period of time each day or week, you get to work on a project that feeds one of your passions, even if that project doesn’t directly have an impact on

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Why and How to Create a Makerspace in Your School

Think about the elementary school library of your childhood: shelves, books, table, and a librarian who focused a lot of her time keeping kids quiet! Now, imagine if a corner of that library had been set

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When Standardized Tests Change the Classroom Climate

Photo credit: Siaath via iStockphoto Five years ago, researchers for the National Education Association (NEA) surveyed 1,500 teachers from pre-kindergarten to Grade 12 about standardized testing. The results

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First-year teacher? 7 tips from the veterans

(Photo credit: Monkey Business Images, via iStock)   Articles aimed at new teachers can sometimes seem ominous: “5 Vital Tips for First-Year Teachers to Make it Out Alive” “6 Tips for Surviving

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How Teachers Can Make the Most of Summer Break

It’s understandable if the last thing you want to do on your summer break is focus on teaching – it’s been a long school year, after all. After packing up your classroom, the first thing you need

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Teacher Book Clubs: Read to Learn, and For Credit!

We cover developing a teacher’s book club as well as professional reading in our continuing education courses for teachers. Have you read “The Book Whisperer?” The full title is actually The

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Teaching with Video: A Classroom Tool that Works

(Photo Credit © Highwaystarz via iStock) Teaching with video can be controversial. Decisions about whether a video is appropriate for the classroom can be subjective. And arguments for and against the

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STEM teaching: The key to the future can be a challenge for teachers

(Photo Credit © Kerkez via iStock) It’s hard to have any conversation about education today in which STEM teaching doesn’t come up. The acronym, used to refer to “science, technology, engineering,

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