Fostering and Developing Classroom Community in Our Brave New World

Beth Maloney Current Affairs, Education, Elementary, Games, Life in the Classroom, Social Issues

Teaching is about relationships and community. As Carla Shalaby says in her fabulous book Troublemakers, “It is deeply relational, human work” (p. 172). I’m struggling to hit the right notes as we consider moving to online or distance learning (aka

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COVID-19, 2020. When Districts Remain Open.

Amethyst Hinton Sainz Education Policy, Life in the Classroom, Social Issues

In the light of COVID-19 concerns, the familiar juxtaposition of professional athletes’ salaries to teacher pay takes on a new context. Why is every public event I can think of cancelled in every community I know, while many districts will

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Why Am I Teaching This Way?

Kyle Bragg Assessment, Education, Elementary, Games, Life in the Classroom, National Board Certification, Professional Development, Social Issues, Sports, Uncategorized, Web/Tech

Have you ever thought, “Why am I doing this activity? What is the point?” A common response from veteran teachers is something like, “I’ve done it this way for ___ years!” A few years ago, I would say something similar

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Students take a brain break during testing.

Let’s Play! Maybe Older Students Need Recess, Too!

Amethyst Hinton Sainz Education, Education Policy, Games, Life in the Classroom, Literacy, Love, Social Issues, Sports, Uncategorized

Today was the first day of AZELLA testing for my 7th grade introduction level English Language Development class. They were very nervous during the first subtest (Listening), and then we had quite a bit of time to relax. It wasn’t

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I Learned to Teach from Mr. Rogers

Beth Maloney Education, Elementary, Games, Life in the Classroom, Love, National Board Certification, Professional Development, Social Issues

I didn’t love Mister Rogers growing up.  I was more of a Sesame Street-loving gal, with the bright, feathery puppets and the emphasis on cognitive growth.  It wasn’t until my little sister, a tiny blond hellion whose body never stopped

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