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Myth Busting for the New Elementary Teacher

Contributor: Ruth Anna Kuhns

The first day of school approaches. Sharpened pencils, neatly stacked book, organized files, and alphabetically arranged encyclopedias grace your classroom. Everything is clean, shiny, and waiting... Read More

Habits

Contributor: Carolyn Martin | File type : Blog Post

During the summer the 25-mph speed limit sign was moved up the hill a few hundred yards. This morning on my way to school I realized that, once again, I cruised through it at a higher speed, only ... Read More

Preschool Preview

Contributor: Shari Zook | File type : Blog Post

When four- and five-year-old children think about school, what do they imagine? Do the smatterings they hear from older siblings, cousins, and friends give them a fun picture or a bleak one? I was... Read More

Attitude Adjustment

Contributor: Arlene Birt | File type : Blog Post

Bop! “I need an attitude adjustment,” Loren announced, as he hit himself on the head to give the adjustment. “I smell your attitude, and it’s stinky!” Rachel informed her older sister... Read More

Dear Second-Year Teacher

Contributor: Carolyn Martin | File type : Blog Post

Dear Second-Year Teacher, Welcome back for another year in the classroom! It’s good to see that you stuck around, that you were brave enough to try it again. It would be a shame to let all th... Read More

What I Wish I Had Known About Recess

Contributor: Ruth Anna Kuhns | File type : Blog Post

Recess.  Do you rejoice?  Moan?  Feel uncertain?  Yes, I have been there too.  Recess is designed to give students a break from study, and a chance to exercise.  Our little people's minds a... Read More

Communicating Well from the Beginning

Contributor: Kendra Martin | File type : Blog Post

Communication can make or break your school year. From the onset, you want to be intentional on communicating your expectations to your students and patrons as well as hearing their expectations, ... Read More

The Summer Bucket List for the Teacher

Contributor: Kendra Martin | File type : Blog Post

At the end of a school term, I sent off my students with a list of fifty tasks to complete over the summer. Certainly they were all optional, and some were more educational than others. This year,... Read More

June, July, August, and the Student

Contributor: Carolyn Martin | File type : Blog Post

School is out. The students have closed their books and taken the last tests. The books have all been sent back to the school house. It’s time to forget math and language and reading for a few m... Read More

Tools for Classroom Management

Contributor: Arlene Birt | File type : Blog Post

Motivation My sixth-grade teacher pulled me into the hall for a conversation. “I know you can do better than this. These pages are sloppy and this is not your best work,” she said. The workb... Read More
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