Monthly Archives: October 2013

Teachers: Never Forget How Much You Matter

Teaching in DC


Whether you teach at an elementary school, a middle school, a high school, or an alternative school, this message is for you. This message is for ALL teachers, regardless of your school’s zip code or socio-economic status. This message is for ALL teachers, from first year teachers to teachers one year removed from retirement. This message is for ALL teachers: Never forget how much you matter. Never forget that you’re making a difference.

Some students may respect your authority; others may challenge it. Some students may sit up straight and listen to directions the first time; others may slouch and need constant redirections. Some students may participate in every activity; others may never participate at all. Regardless of student engagement, never forget how much you matter. Never forget that you’re making a difference.

Some students may respond well to positive reinforcements; others may need a stern “talking to” in the hallway…

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I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. ~Chinese Proverb

I’m glad I’ve kept my paper copies of books…..

Why Paper Still Beats Screens!

Kids CAN excel at math by Believing they can!!

Planting the Seeds of Empathy

Simply Mona!

Yet, taught by time, my heart has learned to glow for other’s good, and melt at other’s woe – Homer

Putting ourselves inside the shoes of another – as the old saying goes – has never been more relevant – This, according to an article written by Forbes contributor Georges Anders, who makes the observation that the number one job skill that will be in highest demand for much of the workforce in 2020 is empathy.

What is Empathy?empathy

Empathy is the ability to identify with and understand the feelings, experiences and motives of others. Empathy enriches relationships and builds trust among individuals. It is a vital tool in building a community of caring, collaborative, creative citizens who are active, contributing members to the global world we live in.

Can WE Teach Empathy?

For as long as teaching existed, teachers have always shown empathy towards their students. They know that…

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Take the higher road


Are you willing to do all that it takes to reach today’s students?

We can’t afford to take the easy way any more. We need to take a higher road, and pay attention to colleagues who have chosen this road, colleagues who:

  • Hold high expectations for all students—and succeed beyond all expectations
  • Challenge all students, acknowledge their different learning styles, and make sure each one learns before moving on
  • Persist in taking risks to find better ways for students to learn
  • Create or join study groups to examine best practices, lessons, and student work
  • Take time to create feedback opportunities through mutual observations and conferencing
  • Meet regularly with colleagues using agendas designed to improve instruction
  • Mentor and nurture new colleagues offering support, ideas, and compassion
  • Stay after school to prepare and meet with colleagues
  • Go the extra mile for students every day and on weekends
  • Attend students’ games and performances…

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Glass half full.

Ideas for Improving Science Education :)

Ideas for Improving Science Education!!

Flipped Classrooms May Not Have an Impact on Learning??

‘Flipped classrooms’ may not have any impact on learning

New Skills Needed in Education


In 1970 the top three skills required by the Fortune 500 were the three Rs: reading, writing, and arithmetic. In 1999 the top three skills in demand were teamwork, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills. We need schools that are developing these skills. —Linda Darling-Hammond, National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future

Read more, from Wired Business.

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