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Educating children requires an enormous amount of drive and energy. You might make it look easy to everyone around you, but teaching takes its toll on you. Somehow, every day, you find the strength to get up and keep going. You can’t pour from an empty jug, so you need to find ways to keep yourself inspired to continue to shape the lives of our future leaders. Go back to the beginning When you come home from a tough day in the classroom, you feel like giving it up forever. The job is hard, and you might start thinking that there are less stressful ways to make money. Teaching is a calling. The profession attracted you for a reason. Go back and ...
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As a teacher, you can’t expect your students to learn new information if they don’t understand the basics of a subject. Simply providing them with more content won’t make them more knowledgeable. Instead, it will most likely result in a lack of motivation on their side, as they’ll struggle to understand the lectures. You may feel some pressure when it comes to deciding exactly what you’re going to teach your students. After all, if you do only a bit of research at home, you’ll surely find a lot of interesting stuff you can present to the class. However, more content usually won’t lead to more learning. There are always a few students who are well above ...
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Keeping your classroom organized and looking good will have a positive impact on the productivity of your students. As an educator, you should always be working to create a more positive learning environment. This will motivate your students to reach various academic achievements. Keep in mind that classrooms are where students spend nearly all of their time while they’re at school. Therefore, the way these spaces are organized has an impact on how much they will learn. Organize Your Desk Before you even start planning how the rest of the classroom will look, it’s important to first organize your desk. Know that since it represents the heart of the ...
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Many people are aware that STEM refers to a push within the education community to place more emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in curriculum , even for younger students. This was driven by the idea that our students were falling behind in those fields, making the U.S. less competitive with other industrial countries.  According to  Edutopia , an influential blog for K-12 educators, the idea of STEAM came from the realization that STEM is not enough and likely was not spurring enough creative thought in order to help our students compete in a world-wide village of other potential employees and workers. In fact, when the Great ...
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Based on a need for children to tap into their creative and imaginative skills to get innovation flowing, the “A” (Art) has made its way into the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) acronym, and is now being explored in STEM education and cultural conversation. Historically, art played a big role in the work of scientists like Leonardo da Vinci. In our innovation-driven world, there is a need to develop more innovative thinkers like da Vinci. To do that, we can put the A back into STEM and develop STEAM studies. Research shows the importance of doing that.  A study by arts/science expert Robert Root-Bernstein, Ph.D. showed that science Nobel ...
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When I first begin to craft a lesson, the first thing that I think about is the WHY. The why is my purpose for the lesson and it is the foundation for how I create my lesson plans. In this writing lesson, the kids are focusing on being able to brainstorm a story for a personal narrative. The kids had the opportunity to talk about their stories with their partners and then start crafting their stories and illustrating them through the use of a flip book.  I wanted my students to think of a film real where we see bits and pieces of a story. Giving them the opportunity to draw and use multiple forms of media can get them thinking more creatively and ...
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