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Fellow Educators, I invite you to visit my blog and please follow. Don't forget to leave comments on articles posted in the blog on topics of interest.  Name of the Blog: Educator's Lens Link:  https://hkaurdhir.wixsite.com/website/forum/education-forum Looking forward to reading your insights from your experience as an educator.
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Behavior - Discipline - Teach Many teachers and schools struggle with student behaviors and discipline problems. This is not something new and there is really no magic answer. But you can possibly diminish teacher and administration struggles and frustrations with a few simple steps involving where you place your focus of instruction. There is no question that there are special students who bring challenges to our schools and classrooms in which special arrangements might need to be implemented for the safety of the student, other students, and staff.  What we are looking at is discipline disruptions and annoyance behavior that takes away from instructional ...
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Change is inevitable. It is among very few true constants in the universe. Even something that seems like it would be impervious to its environment or any forces that may act on it will--eventually--change. The last few years have brought many changes in my life; some have been for the better, some... not so much.  I was on track to complete my PhD in near-record time. My prospectus was written and submitted, my advisor (of a year) was on board, and I was beginning to make arrangements to complete steps toward actual research. I had moved, and was beginning work in a new school district. All was well with the world. Then, it wasn't. My advisor left the school ...
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Hi everyone, I am an undergrad student who is currently substitute teaching in St. Louis, MO. After receiving my Bachelor’s degree I plan to move Texas where I will start working full time and start working on my Master’s degree. Does anyone know about the school districts in Houston? Or if I will need to take any additional exams. Thank you!
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When did struggling become associated with failing? Too often educators hear the waves of “I can’t do it” when a new concept or skill is introduced. Educators are encouraged to challenge students and push students in order to obtain higher student achievement. But when students shut down, how do educators foster the love of a challenge? Taking the Risk Some students are not going to be risk takers if the student associates failure of an attempt with a failing grade. Researcher Carol S. Dweck offers a few suggestions in her book, Giving Students Meaningful Work . Educators should create a “growth mindset culture in the classroom” (2010, p. 16-20). In classrooms, ...
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Hello, from Blog-World.  Volunteering is a great way for you to possibly find leads for permanent placement.  To that end, how you network is key, so please note the following three recommendations : Prior  to the start of volunteering, identify in writing- as best you can - what you want to get out of volunteering, then... Mentor-me:  Identify someone at your volunteer site that is an expert and that has a kind personality, and invite this person to be your mentor: share your plan for what you want to get out of the volunteering, ask the prospective mentor to give you feedback on your performance from time to time - preferably on a regular basis, ...
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Discipline without Yelling

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Discipline is about training, not yelling.  I've written down some of my thoughts on how teachers can reach the desired results for student behavior without being loud, sarcastic, or mean.   https://positiverolemodel.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/discipline-without-yelling/
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World Teachers' Day , also known as  International Teachers Day , is held annually on October 5 since 1994.  Its aim is to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers. " Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers " is the theme of this year's World Teachers' Day, celebrated around the world since 1994.  The empowerment of teachers emerged as a priority when the United Nations adopted the  17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  of the  2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development    on January 1, 2016. While the SDGs are not legally binding, governments are expected ...
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Retention conversations express dysfunctional parent-teacher communication strategies and place certain students at greater risk of negative outcomes. Many parents will receive unhappy news about their children’s academic, emotional, and social development from teachers and other school professionals at some point in their children’s school lives.  As a former teacher of self-contained special education classes in Newark, NJ, I have witnessed firsthand the uncomfortable conversations that parents are called into school to have with teachers, administrators, social workers, and other school professionals. Oftentimes such conversations, particularly ...
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Spark Your Spontaneity What's happening during silent reading time? Teachers are the overseers of their students. As the overseers, teacher have a bird's-eye view of what exactly is going on in the classroom. Some schools are required to have independent reading time. If this describes your school, perhaps your reading time is called Silent Sustained Reading (SSR), Guided Reading, Accelerated Reading (AR), 100 Book Challenge, etc. Are students reading during independent reading time or are they pretending to read, socializing, and enjoying their middle schools days being off-task? Ask the overseers. They know the truth. Of course, not every student ...
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Hello, vertical climbers. My golden advice for this post, as you seek to gain the experiences and professional connections that will impel you forward is this: Understand the 'currency' of the place that you are volunteering in: sometimes this is called "social currency". In other words, what is valued above all else, where you work? That value will be the launchpad of collaboration / support that you need from your supervisors, colleagues, in order to go forward. In other words, "join the club". I confess that the social currency may indeed be counter-intuitive to you: you may be a social butterfly volunteering in a place where the currency is minimal ...
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Happy October! I wanted to share 2 of my favorite free digital library/ebook resources for educators. They both offer thousands of great books for students of all levels. Students really like both platforms and it's a wonderful way to digitally support reading. >>>>>Epic! for Educators: https://www.getepic.com/ Epic! is an ebook service that offers thousands of high-quality books from well known publishers like Harper-Collins, national Geographic and many others. This service can be access through ay web brownser, and they have apps for iOS and android devices. >>>>>Zing is a dynamic new eBook platform ...
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Jack Kronser has recently retired as Director of Human Resources at Aurora Public Schools near Denver, Colorado. He has hired hundreds of teachers. Among the many skills needed to be successful in the teaching profession is the ability to navigate networks. Networking is defined in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary as “the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically, the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business. Career opportunities in any profession are impacted by networks. Teaching is no exception. Long before official word gets out regarding vacancies and job opportunities, ...
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Last night, on my way to a meeting, I was driving on the highway when I realized I was now behind a driver who was clearly intoxicated. This driver almost swiped 10-12 different vehicles on the highway, and went off the road but recovered many times. After seeing this apparent danger manifest itself repeatedly, I called the State Police so they could intercept as I was trailing this driver with my amber lights on (Civil Air Patrol vehicle). Not only was the driver all over the road, but he was driving at high speeds, and slowed down to an unreasonable crawl. He finally exited the highway, and continued such erratic driving maneuvers. He slammed his vehicle ...
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Interview on Bullying

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Hello! I am completing a research paper on bullying within schools. I was hoping that some of you could answer some questions for me? Thank you for any of your help! ​ Interview on Bullying Name: Position: Level of school grades: Have you witnessed a bullying incident within your school? On average, how many times per month do you witness bullying: in your classroom? in and around the school? On a scale of 1-10, how big of a problem do you rate the bullying problem within your school? Please tell me which of the following types of bullying you witness: Hitting ...
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The 5th of October each year marks World Teachers' Day. This day of recognition is devoted to appreciating, assessing, and improving the educators of the world. The theme for this year Day is “Invest in the Future, Invest in Teachers.” Teachers are an investment for the future of all countries. What today’s children will face in adult life cannot be predicted; therefore, the teachers of today and tomorrow need the skills, knowledge, and support that will enable them to meet the diverse learning needs of every girl and boy. On October 5, 1994, the first World Teachers' Day was held. This event has been organized on the same date each year since then. However, ...
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Virginia International University is offering a free professional development opportunity open to the community. We welcome you to join us for our second session this fall of the Voices from the Field Speaker Series! Our guest speaker, Jennifer Forney , will be giving a talk titled “ Third Culture Kids and Cross Cultural Kids: Understanding our Highly Mobile Students in the Classroom.” Date : Thursday, October 2, 2014 Time : 2:00-3:00pm Location : Waples Mill Conference Room, 11200 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 Third Culture Kids (TCK’s) and Cross Cultural Kids (CCK’s) are in all our classrooms and their numbers ...
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As a former high school teacher and a current teacher educator, I often think about the ways that teachers have to navigate and talk about issues of race. These issues, some might say, don't align with math and science curriculum and have nothing to do with our work as educators, but I disagree. So much of what we encounter as teachers comes from outside of the classroom. Students exist and are influenced by things that take place outside of our classrooms and very often don't check anything at the door. Further, I think it is inequitable to ask our students to check things at the door. Students should be able to exist as their whole selves in school, especially ...
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Taking a risk in education is something that teachers may experience on a yearly basis. Some teachers enjoy the comfort of stationary stability. That may sound a bit redundant, but it is easy for people to teach the same material each year in the virtually the same environment. Now, there is not anything necessarily wrong this approach as long as teachers are teaching the standards and helping students reach their potential. Other teachers get a thrill out of trying something, or many things, new each year, or several times a year. These teacher embrace disappointments that they can learn from and successes they can build on. Flipping the ...
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There are several massive open online courses -- also known as MOOCs -- available to help teachers further their professional development during the summer, education blogger Matt Davis writes in this post. Here, he shares five courses educators can consider taking this summer. Davis also offers a resource list for finding MOOCs. Edutopia.org/Matt Davis' blog Whether you are teaching or not, you need to do things for professional development. If you don't have a full-time teaching position, taking courses to update your practice shows you are serious about being a teacher and will help you stand out from the crowd of folks who don't work on learning ...
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