Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!

Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!
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Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. ~ Author Unknown

My goal is to reveal one teacher's humble journey of self-reflection, critical analysis, and endless questioning about my craft of teaching and learning alongside my middle school students.

"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth'." ~ Dan Rather

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Great new webinar to check out!

Perfect for this time in the school year!

Emotional Resilience for Educators
LIVE: Wednesday, June 11, 5 to 6 p.m. ET
Instructional and leadership coach Elena Aguilar will provide practical strategies to help teachers develop social-emotional skills that can help them avoid burnout, get out of professional “ruts,”and in general bring greater joy and resourcefulness to their work.
Discover the nine core building-blocks of emotional resilience, strategies to help you develop in each of these areas, and other techniques “essential for anyone working in the education world.”
Register for this webinar for just $59, or select the full two-part series and pay only $99. You'll also receive a certificate of completion, and three months of instant access.
REGISTER NOW for both webinars in the new series The Inspired Teacher, including:

June 11, 2014, 5 to 6 p.m. Eastern

Can't attend live? All Education Week PD Webinars are archived and available instantly for three months after the original live date.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A great summer PD opportunity to consider!

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Advance Registration Closing May 30!
Innovative Teaching Strategies Keynote Speaker Erin Gruwell saw her classroom of non-readers, juvenile delinquents and disinterested students undergo a metamorphosis when they were given a voice — and encouraged to learn from, and teach one another. 

Watch Erin Gruwell reflect on the transformation of The Freedom Writers. 
Author of the The Freedom Writers Diary and founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation, Erin Gruwell will present the Saturday morning keynote session at the National Conference on School Discipline, which will be held June 30-July 2, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare (Rosemont) in Chicago.
Innovative Teaching Conference Featured Presenters:
Master Teacher Motivator, 
Author of Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire!
Inspirational Educator, Author of The Freedom Writers
Expert on Evidence-Based 
Instructional and Leadership Practice
Authority on Innovative Ways to 
Apply Brain Research in Teaching
Publisher & Innovator of Solutions for Reaching/Teaching Challenging Youth
This 3-day conference will provide an opportunity for teachers, administrators and other educators to learn about new insights and strategies for reaching and teaching students (PreK-12).  It will emphasize evidence-based and novel instructional practices from national-exemplary programs currently being used in schools.
  • New approaches to Using Technology as a Teaching Tool
  • Keys to Surviving and Thriving as a Teacher in Today’s Schools
  • Innovative Applications Based on Brain Research
  • New Insights for Using Positive Behavior Supports – Recommended Do’s and Don’ts
  • Reaching and Teaching Challenging Students Who Are:
    • Overly Dramatic
    • Negative toward Learning and School
    • Chronically Angry
    • Oppositional & Defiant
    • Manipulative
    • Apathetic
  • How to Teach “Like Your Hair’s on Fire” – the Methods and Madness Used by Master Teachers
  • New School Improvement Initiatives Learned from National-Exemplary Program
  • Special Considerations for Educating Students from Poverty
  • Creative, Fresh Ready-to-Use Activities and Techniques for Teachers
Advance Registration $375
Program proposals are now being accepted. Please submit the proposal form online, or mail 3 copies to Developmental Resources, PO Box 615, Chapin SC 29036.  Presenters are required to register for the conference – discounts apply for on-time registrations.  Additional information is available on the registration form or you may call us at 800-251-6805.

Attendees at the Innovative Teaching Conference also receive complimentary access to the National Conference on School Discipline and the National Conference on Girl Bullying & Relational Aggression, which will be co-located at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare (Rosemont).
School Discipline Conference Featured Presenters:
Educator, School Psychologist, Author of Discipline with Dignity
Nationally Known Expert in
School Law & Bullying
Researcher on Bullying & Harassment; Associate Editor of Journal of Counseling Psychology
Inspirational Speaker and Author of The Taming of the Crew
National Principal of the Year Candidate & Creator of Responsibility-Centered Discipline
Girl Bullying Conference Featured Presenters:
Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Essence Magazine,
Founder of National Cares Mentoring Movement
Internationally Known Authority on Emerging Socio-Legal and Policy Issues Relating to Uses of Social Media Among Youth
International Speaker, Trainer and Consultant on Issues Dealing with Girl Bullying and Challenging Youth; Author of Alive in the Hive
Co-Director of Bully Police USA, Contributor to Bullycide in America, Anti-Bullying Expert and Advocate
Authority on School Bullying, Author of New York Times Bestselling Memoir, Please Stop Laughing at Me
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Developmental Resources, Inc. | PO Box 615 | Chapin, SC 29036 | 800.251.6805 | fax: 803.345.0888

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Can you relate?

I certainly can!!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Need some summer reading ideas?

NCTE titles are perfect for your summer reading list
The National Council of Teachers of EnglishThe Professional Home of the English Language Arts Community
Dear Katharine LaBanca,
As the school year ends, you're probably thinking ahead to your summer reading plans. These NCTE titles are filled with fun, creative, and innovative ideas and lessons -- the perfect addition to your summer reading list!
Humor Writing
Humor WritingBruce Goebel offers more than 150 activities you can use to help students develop writing skills in voice, word choice, style, and organization while exploring a variety of genres.
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Talking in Class
Talking in ClassThomas M. McCann, Larry R. Johannessen, Elizabeth Kahn, and Joseph M. Flanagan guide readers in developing skills that promote and facilitate authentic discussion in the classroom.
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Wordplaygrounds John S. O'Connor offers new approaches to teaching poetry in middle and high school with more than 25 writing activities that can constitute an entire course or work as individual lessons.
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Middle Ground
Middle GroundSheryl Finkle and Tamara Lilly review principles of cross-cultural pedagogy and offer multiple activities for studying selected texts from and about the Middle East.
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Teaching YA Lit through Differentiated Instruction
Teaching YA
Lit through Differentiated InstructionAuthors Susan L. Groenke and Lisa Scherff show that YA lit is for all students, and they offer suggestions for incorporating it into the high school curriculum.
Building Literacy Connections with Graphic Novels
Building Literacy
Connections with Graphic NovelsEdited by James Bucky Carter, this collection of essays demonstrates how to pair graphic novels with classic literature in ways that enrich students' understanding of both.
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Catching Tigers in Red Weather
Catching TigersTeacher-poet Judith Rowe Michaels describes how she refocused her ninth-grade English course to help students explore writing as an art form.
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Reading Shakespeare Film First
Reading Shakespeare Film FirstMary Ellen Dakin asserts that we need to read Shakespeare in triplicate—as the stuff of transformative literature, theater, and film.
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The Power of Picture Books
The Power of Picture BooksFeaturing descriptions and activities for fifty exceptional titles, Mary Jo Fresch and Peggy Harkins offer a wealth of ideas for harnessing the power of picture books to improve reading and writing in the content areas.
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Engaging American Novels
Engaging American NovelsThis collection, edited by Joseph O. Milner and Carol A. Pope, focuses on ten frequently taught American novels, both classic and contemporary, that can help promote student engagement.
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