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Patricia Dickenson
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Creating an Attitude of Gratitude in Your Classroom
In the wake of school violence, suicide and a host of other social problems that plague children and youth, teachers and school districts are hurdled with another challenge, equipping children with the socio-emotional skills to thrive in a democratic societ...

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Creating Digital Products
Goodbye Frank Shaffer circa 1985 you have been in our community long enough and your worksheets don’t grow dendrites. Teachers if I can give you any advice please don’t waste instructional time with run-offs from your favorite fill-in-the-blank workbook. I’...

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Building on Life Experience
When students return back from school break there is certainly a buzz about what they have just experienced. From family trips to visiting relatives, students are filled with life experiences percolating in their mind. This excitement builds when they fin...

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Great activity to connect across the standards and get kids motivated

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Scaffolding from 10,000 feet
A friend of mine went skydiving for the first time.  She never jumped before so her first jump was tandem.  This process allowed her to enjoy the experience of jumping without the stress of having to remember everything to do.  It can take 25 times of tande...

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The Ripple Effect
Being a teacher is a powerful force, it can shake the surface of a young soul like an earthquake, and cause a ripple effect that can last a lifetime.   It is the”why” for many of us who enter the profession and the essence of being a teacher.  We want to ma...

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Teacher as Manager
Managing a classroom is a difficult task. Regardless of the age, grade or school environment each class will bring about management issues that a teacher simply cannot ignore.  A teacher is a manager whose primary role is to get students to complete tasks a...

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Supporting Students with Special Needs
When new teachers enter the classroom, they bring with them personal experiences, beliefs, and attitudes that shape instructional choices, interactions with students, and beliefs about the learner.  Teacher expectations  are strongly correlated to student a...

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More Than An Hour of Code
Ask the average 8 year old boy what he wants to be when he grows up and you will probably hear “make video games”.  Boys love video games because it gives them an opportunity to use their logic and reasoning skills in the context of a virtually crafted worl...

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TPA 3: Assessment
Preservice teachers are required to complete four Teacher Performance Assessments (TPA) as part of the Preliminary Teaching Credential requirement. These assessments are designed around tasks that a classroom teacher will typically do throughout the schoo...
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