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Top 10 Virtual Teaching Lessons Learned

Top 10 Virtual Teaching Lessons Learned

The past 18 - 24 months has been an exercise in building the plane as we are flying it. We had no other options because the Covid pandemic forced the nation and largely the world into virtual learning. What did we learn from the experience? Making Lemonade from Lemons Many districts have wanted to increase their technology use and didn't know how...

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Top 5 Time Saving Chrome Extensions for Teachers

Top 5 Time Saving Chrome Extensions for Teachers

Saving time is the number one priority in most teachers' minds. If we can save a few clicks on a task we do repeatedly throughout the day, and you multiple that by 180-190 days, that's a lot of time saved. As a teacher and incurable efficiency seeker, I turn to Google Chrome for extensions for time saving opportunities. There are plenty of...

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Tracking Student Progress

Tracking Student Progress

Is There a Way to Track Student Progress? It's that time of year again; high-stakes testing season is upon us. Teachers are stressed, worried that their students will not perform well even though they all worked hard all year, perhaps harder this year than any other. As teachers, you want to be able to track student progress, but how do you do...

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Remote Learning Lessons

Remote Learning Lessons

It's the end of May, and the school year is officially over.  Ahhhhhhh.  Thank goodness.  I don't know if I would have survived another week with my 15-year-old son.  In my previous post, the teacher in me was talking.  The schedule I created was for someone in authority to present to students.  Sadly, I forgot how little authority parents hold...

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How to Manage Remote Learning Part 1: Make a Schedule

How to Manage Remote Learning Part 1: Make a Schedule

Only second to the medical community that is on the front lines during this COVID-19 pandemic, admins, teachers, parents, and students are today's heroes.  In less than a week's notice, teachers, parents, and students have moved to homeschooling and online learning. While many companies are generously offering online tools, this might be putting...

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What is a student tracker and how do I use it?

What is a student tracker and how do I use it?

When I started teaching in 1989, we didn't have standards.  We had textbooks and the common sense we were born with to cover what we thought students needed to be successful in this world.  As an English teacher, I chose which books I wanted to teach.  I knew I needed to cover writing which included grammar, spelling, sentence structure,...

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Changing Climate and Culture Building-wide

Changing Climate and Culture Building-wide

As a coach assisting teachers with technology integration and personalized learning, I notice patterns arising from teacher to teacher.  One pattern that I have noticed is that a teacher, no matter how strong he/she is, hits a wall whether earlier or later when it comes to progressing to the next level.  In every situation in my experiences, the...

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7 Steps to Stronger Student Collaboration Activities

7 Steps to Stronger Student Collaboration Activities

If you are trying to encourage collaboration in your classroom and are having trouble, read on.  You will see 7 steps that will help you build stronger student collaborators in collaboration activities. What’s All the Hubbub? Why is collaboration such a big deal all of a sudden?  Everybody wants to collaborate: songwriters, businesses, school...

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