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This is the second part of my series, Baby Steps to Personalized Learning. I'm using this series to discuss small ways to bring personalized learning into our standardized classrooms. This week is all about assessment.

Personalized Learning with a Project Path

This is the fourth part of my series, Baby Steps to Personalized Learning. I’m using this series to discuss small ways to bring personalized learning into our standardized classrooms. The first week, we discussed An Easy Way to Personalize Learning with Student Choice. Then we discussed Assessment and Personalized Learning in a Standardized Classroom. Last week was about

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Technology has made information readily available and has also transformed our economy. Knowing how to learn has replaced what to learn as the priority. Part of guiding students through this process is making our learning targets completely transparent. Click through to see how I do it.

Creating Transparent Goals for Personalized Learning

This is the third part of my series, Baby Steps to Personalized Learning. I’m using this series to discuss small ways to bring personalized learning into our standardized classrooms. The first week, we discussed An Easy Way to Personalize Learning with Student Choice. Then we discussed Assessment and Personalized Learning in a Standardized Classroom. This week is

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We teach it, but do our students learn it? Probably not without our assistance. “Go forth and study” means very little to students. Click through to see five quick and easy strategies I use to foster learning in my classroom.

Five Quick and Easy Teaching Strategies to Foster Learning

We’ve all had this conversation: “You didn’t teach that,” says the student. “I taught that last Tuesday,” says the teacher. This happens to me with every unit. I did teach it. The problem is, the student didn’t learn it. And it’s frustrating. It’s frustrating because I teach content-heavy courses and there is so little time.

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Although Thanksgiving often brings it about, we should take time to consider what we're thankful for many times throughout the year. What am I thankful for? Teachers Pay Teachers. During a rough time in our lives, Teachers Pay Teachers came through to help us get through that financial tough spot--and it involved me getting over my mindset that all teachers should share everything freely.

What I Am Thankful For

We have a lot to be thankful for around here. My husband and I are employed (I almost said gainfully, but we are, after all, teachers :)). We just had a week off complete with perpetual turkey coma in the form of an obscene amount of leftovers. We have three more weeks of work, and

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Every teacher has his or her own reasons for teaching, and in this blog post, I'm sharing my top 10 reasons why I CHOOSE to teach. I've had other people recommend I do something else, but teaching has a special place in my heart, and I explain why in this post. I'd love for you to comment after you read it and share why you teach!

The Top 10 Reasons I Choose to Teach

Once another teacher, who was getting ready to retire, asked me, “Why do you do this? You’re a smart girl. You could do anything.” She then recommended that I check into pharmaceutical sales. It wasn’t the first (or the last) time that some one has asked me why I would want to teach, but it

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Our Summer Hometown Tourist adventures are sailing right along, except with a few mishaps here and there. This week, we were supposed to go to a Civil War tour, but...I got lost. Read all about my misadventures and our long exploration of Bolton Road - and get a few good laughs - in this blog post!

Summer Hometown Tourists: Adventures on Bolton Road

Ah, Robert Burns, I know what you meant by “The best laid schemes!” On Saturday, my son and I were supposed to venture 15 minutes north of Atlanta, to the Marietta Square, to take a civil war walking tour. It turned into a tour of Bolton Road instead. Now, before I begin with the account

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Looking for a laugh to help you get through your teaching day? Check out my top 10 list of funniest moments in my teaching career! Secondary students always seem to provide the funniest stories!

February Funnies: My Top 10 “Jenius” Moments

Oh teaching…there never was a job more frustrating…or more fun. And some of the best stories come from middle and high school classrooms. That’s why several secondary bloggers are linking up this week to share some of our funniest classroom moments with you!     Throughout the years that I’ve spent in the classroom, I

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Love is in the Blogosphere this Valentine’s Day!

    Every culture has different Valentine’s traditions. Whether they call it Valentine’s Day or not, most cultures devote at least one day a year to the celebration of love.     In the U.S. and many western nations, we give cards, chocolates, flowers, and even jewelry to our sweethearts on February 14.   In

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Why We Do It (Teach, That Is)

Today was…Monday… and like many teachers (and students) out there, I hit snooze more than once. I rolled into work with an extra-large, extra-strong cup of coffee. I didn’t have my glasses–I broke them on Friday, so I was kind of disoriented. Fortunately for others on the road, I’m far-sighted. I had a mile-long to-do

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Self-Doubt Among Teachers…Why We “Feel” Bad

Tonight, I was reading a blog post featured in The Washington Post by Ellie Herman. The title, Why So Many Teachers Feel Bad so Much of the Time, caught my eye. I clicked on it from twitter because I was curious. As a teacher who loves my job but often feels bad, I was intrigued. Was it

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