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Justin Tarte
Works at Union R-XI School District
Attended Lafayette High School
Lives in Wildwood, Missouri
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Kids don't need to be ready for school... schools need to be ready for kids
Dan French shared this wonderful tweet that really got me thinking: School readiness should be about schools being ready for students not students being ready for school. #vted — Dan French (@danfrench) July 21, 2015 This really got me thinking because we s...
Dan French shared this wonderful tweet that really got me thinking: School readiness should be about schools being ready for students not students being ready for school. #vted — Dan French (@danfrench) July 21, 2015 This...
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10 images to share at your next faculty meeting
Should we be averaging grades...? via @tguskey via @davidgeurin via @jurgenappelo via @toddwhitaker & @stevegruenert via @starwarsintheclass Change your grading mindset vocabulary... via @mssackstein Feedback is the key to student learning... via @grantwigg...
Should we be averaging grades...? via @tguskey via @davidgeurin via @jurgenappelo via @toddwhitaker & @stevegruenert via @starwarsintheclass Change your grading mindset vocabulary... via @mssackstein Feedback is the key to ...
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There's no such thing as 'just' a teacher...
You all know that child who doesn't have someone advocating for them. As a teacher, you are in a position to advocate for and fight for what is best for that child . Wow... what an awesome responsibility. Where else in the world do you get to work with so m...
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Top 15 #education tweets of 2015:
Rigor vs. difficulty... via @kdworkshops #edchat pic.twitter.com/wQCqi1QgqH — Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) April 24, 2015 Give a kid a grade & the learning stops. Give feedback & extending questions & the learning goes deeper. #edchat pic.twitter.com/ckk...
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The H$R Block Budget Challenge is back! #FinEdChat
So often we hear about teaching the whole child. Today, more than ever, personal finance knowledge and awareness are a critical part of what it means to teach the whole child. What's been made increasingly clear over the last few years is the ever-changing ...
So often we hear about teaching the whole child. Today, more than ever, personal finance knowledge and awareness are a critical part of what it means to teach the whole child. What's been made increasingly clear over the ...
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Learning time loss: Why bell-to-bell learning matters
Imagine this scenario: You teach at least 5 classes or 5 hours a day (this accounts for both elementary and secondary teachers). Each 1 hour block takes about 5 minutes to get started and ends about 5 minutes early.  This means that roughly 10 minutes out o...
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Andy Hargreaves spoke about this at a conference last week - every second counts was his key message. Teach until the last second of every lesson, every day.
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10 dreams I have for my son's #education
My wife and I celebrated our son, @emorytarte's , 1st birthday just a few weeks ago. Having a young man moving around the house has been quite the experience to say the least. :)   I now can call myself an educator AND a parent, and the statement, 'you're n...
My wife and I celebrated our son, @emorytarte's, 1st birthday just a few weeks ago. Having a young man moving around the house has been quite the experience to say the least. :) I now can call myself an educator AND a pare...
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10 most read blog posts of 2015
2015 was a good year for my blog and marks the 6th year for my blog, Life of an Educator. I finished the year with a total of 86 blog posts and have amassed a collection of 550 total blog posts over the last 6 years. I continue to find enjoyment and value i...
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Is it time we stop 'averaging' grades?
What message are we sending to students when we average grades over a quarter or a semester? This is definitely a hot topic question for those who are involved in work around grading and assessment. What about the statement below? 'When we average grades ov...
What message are we sending to students when we average grades over a quarter or a semester? This is definitely a hot topic question for those who are involved in work around grading and assessment. What about the state...
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5 ways to boost creativity in your classroom
1). Find opportunities in your class that allow your students to be the lead learners. Our kids come to school with a unique and different skill-set and far too often these wonderful abilities are suppressed under the weight of objectives and learning targe...
1). Find opportunities in your class that allow your students to be the lead learners. Our kids come to school with a unique and different skill-set and far too often these wonderful abilities are suppressed under the weight ...
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Finals: Have they outlived their usefulness?
Here's a scenario that plays out in many secondary schools all across the globe... The teacher explains what will be on the final. This 'final' encompasses everything that has been covered throughout the prior semester. The teacher also explains how much th...
Here's a scenario that plays out in many secondary schools all across the globe... The teacher explains what will be on the final. This 'final' encompasses everything that has been covered throughout the prior semester. The t...
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10 questions every educator should be asking...
I firmly believe in self-reflection as a means toward growth and development. As such, we all would benefit from an intense session of self-reflection. Through self-reflection we will better understand who we are as educators, as well as how our actions are...
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Director of Curriculum & Support Services
Employment
  • Union R-XI School District
    Director of Curriculum & Support Services, 2012 - present
  • Poplar Bluff R-1 School District
    Assistant Principal, 2011 - 2012
  • Fox C-6 School District
    German Teacher, 2005 - 2010
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Wildwood, Missouri
Previously
Arnold, Missouri
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Introduction
My name is Justin Tarte and I am a passionate educator with a love of learning and technology. I am married to my best friend, Gina, and we have a yellow lab named Maddy. Maddy will do anything for a puppy treat, and she loves to give kisses.

I am the Director of Curriculum & Support Services in the Union R-XI School District. Prior to that I was the assistant principal at Poplar Bluff Junior High School, and before that I taught German at Seckman High School in the Fox C-6 School District in Arnold, Missouri. I have been to Germany 6 times and have traveled throughout much of Europe during my visits. I am excited about integrating technology and social media into the educational setting, while increasing collaboration and transparency among all stakeholders.
Bragging rights
I have a butterfly garden
Education
  • Lafayette High School
    2002
  • University of Missouri - Columbia
  • Lindenwood University
  • Maryville University
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Male
Birthday
February 11
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Married
My wife and I had a great experience buying a new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee from Luis Aguayo. He was helpful and pleasant to work with during the buying process and we would buy another car from him in the future. Unfortunately, at the time of purchase, we were informed by Royal Gate that they could only find one set of keys for our new car. We were then told to come back in two days to get the second set of keys when we dropped off some additional title paperwork. Unfortunately when I came back two days later the second set of keys was still not found and I was told I would have to have a new set of keys cut. Luis then took me down to the service department to have the new set cut. They informed me that this process would take 30 minutes, and after about 20 minutes of waiting they informed me they didn't have the proper key in stock to cut a second key. I then was told I would have to come back and set up an appointment in roughly 4 days to have the second set of keys cut. I find this to be rather taxing on a customer who just purchased a brand new vehicle since it was obviously nothing we did wrong but yet we are being inconvenienced by having to go through this process. It is our hope that Royal Gate Dodge will do everything possible to ensure we are satisfied customers by resolving this situation promptly and by also recognizing the time we are having to give up to obtain the second set of keys. Lastly, we assumed we would get a full tank of gas when purchasing a new vehicle, but our vehicle was only filled 3/4 of the way. Thank you.
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