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Parents are bombarded with messages to read to their kids, but what about doing math with them? Here are some tips to help your kids develop a love for math from PBS Parents.
Parents are bombarded with messages to read with their children, but it's rare to hear about the importance of doing math with them. Here are some helpful tips on why and how to instill a love of m...
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What Makes Teachers Want to Stay in Teaching?

There are days I am not sure why I stay, to be honest.  But that is part of any job.  Overall, I absolutely love it - it is part of who I am and what I do.

However, there are those that love it just as much but they leave.  I am not talking about the Teach For America crowd that comes in to save the world and realize it's a hell of a lot harder than they anticipated or were prepared for.

I am talking about the teachers that have poured their blood into it yet choose to walk away.

Why do they do that and what could make them stay?

A really interesting video came my way over the weekend.  After watching it a few times, it hit me that this video, made for business, was hitting the heart of why some teachers leave.

It also made me get why many would stay if they had three things backed up by science: autonomy, mastery and purpose.

And let me say that merit pay will not attract or retain any teacher.  Read the post and watch the video - you'll see why.

#teaching #motivation #purpose  
What makes teachers stay in teaching? If merit pay isn't the answer to retaining great teachers, what is it? It has to do with the psychology of human beings and basic needs we all have. Test scores will not retain great teachers.
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During the last ice age, two infants in what is now Alaska were laid to rest, precious hunting tools at their sides. Now, more than 11,000 years later, scientists announce the discovery of the tiny skeletons and their extraordinary burial spot—underneath the fire pit of an ancient house.
The burial site of two infants under an ancient hearth offers clues to the inner lives of some of the New World's earliest settlers.
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I'm seeing a lot of posts around the web from parents who are really (and justifiably) upset about #commoncorestandards in math, particularly the doubles + one strategy.  The thing is, it was around before Common Core and it is a really great mental #math strategy.  What do you think?  Do you use it in your classroom?  #teachers  
These are the reasons why doubling math facts help students with mental math. It's an important strategy for increasing math facts fluency,
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What do you think about Common Core?  My views are still evolving, but I definitely know that the way Common Core Math is being implemented in many districts is much worse than not getting a rose on The Bachelor!
 #commoncore #commoncoremath
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It was not till High School that I was invited to a test class called critical thinking. That opened a world to me.

In nursing school, at the finals, putting it to work improved my grade. Not studying for the answers, rather for what the instructors were looking for. Went from B+ to A. Ironical, got only 1 wrong on the test.

Perhaps an opposite extreme, the challenge is guiding young people through the process of learning how to think, reason, and apply knowledge in a beneficial way.

It was not till I was 27 that I learned how to read and remember. Now I teach reading comprehension. My oldest student 67, can pick up a magazine and tell you what it says cover to cover.
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Problem Solving in a Bag
#mathgames #problemsolving

Give each team (could be one person or groups) a baggie with a calendar and a set of problems that have been copied on to colored paper. When you say, "Go!" each team takes all the problems from the baggie.

As the students solve the problems, they place the individual colored squares on the matching numbered calendar square. When the entire calendar is covered, the team yells, "Done!"

Clear the calendars, mix up the problems and play again. This is an excellent game for practicing problem solving strategies.

More math games and tips at http://www.primary-education-oasis.com/calendar-math.html
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This is spot on. We cannot teach academics without addressing underlying issues within our student population.
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Using Google Classroom

I recently started using Google Classroom. These are some tips that I picked up along the way that will be useful to any elementary teacher that is just starting out (or is holding back!).

#googleclassroom #technology #google


Don't underestimate the power of the dark side - Google Classroom is a force to be reckoned with.
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Do teachers have to understand and track autism behaviors?  You may be surprised, but yes, you do.

 If you have a student that you suspect has #autism   (anywhere on the spectrum), you need to document behaviors to build up a case file to support the child getting much needed intervention.

You can also refer parents to an online checklist from +Autism Speaks at http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/learn-signs

What happens though,  if you don't know what behaviors to look for in the classroom?  And what can you do to make YOUR room more engaging and safe for these students?  

In this article I have broken down the warning signs of mild autism and how classroom teachers can not only manage behaviors but also teach everyone effectively.

 +Autism Acceptance  #teaching  
Symptoms of mild autism can go unrecognized until a child enters school. Educators who are knowledgeable in teaching autistic children are able to note warning signs and characteristics.
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This is a quick screencast (silent) of a terrific site called graphite.org. You can sort through the Common Core standards to find teacher evaluated apps and sites that match the standards K-12. #technologyintheclassroom. #ipads
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+School Stickers has a great math board on Pinterest. I love these ideas! #mathideas
 
Have you seen our Math board on Pinterest?

It's full of great resources, teaching ideas, games and other fun stuff to get your students enjoying their math class!

http://www.pinterest.com/schoolstickers/maths/
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Thanks for sharing this! We're glad you like the board :)
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How well do you really understand the #commoncorestandards ?  Here's a fun quiz to see if you belong in the Stone Age standards, Middle Ages or maybe the 21st Century! 

Plus, a breakdown of what I see are the problems with this monstrosity we are accepting into our public schools.  This is the first in a series of post about what it is like to teach using Common Core.


http://www.primary-education-oasis.com/what-is-common-core.html?qzs=4803
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This is the official page of Primary Education Oasis.  Primary Education Oasis is about using best teaching practices in the classroom, knowing how to use intervention and differentiation, and great strategies to help all students achieve. 


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This site has been online since 2009 and is run by me, Shannon Dipple, a teacher with 20+ years experience both overseas and in the States. 

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