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Elly Thorsen
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How to Be an Effective Middle School Teacher Part 1
So you want to be a boss teacher eh? Read these tips to become the best teacher for your students. I’ll be posting five each day for the next four days, so be sure to check back for more. Build solid lesson plans with clear objectives.   It all starts here....
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How to Teach the Scientific Method to 7th Graders
As a middle school science teacher, I always love teaching the scientific method to my students. There are so many routes you can take with teaching it, and I’ve tried many of them. If you’re gearing up to teach the scientific method, then you might benefit...
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Sequins or Soccer?
The other day I saw a pregnancy announcement on Facebook from a couple of schoolmates I have known since I was very little. In the picture were the smiling parents-to-be with a homemade sign saying “Sequins or Soccer?” At first I thought of how happy they m...
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Managing the Halloween Candy Problem
One problem I always have around Halloween (and other major holidays involving candy) is students sneaking candy into the classroom. Since I have a science classroom, students know eating food and candy in class is a safety concern, especially on lab days. ...
Managing the Halloween Candy Problem
Managing the Halloween Candy Problem
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How to Make and Use a Question Ring Booklet: A Fun Get to Know You Tool
During sixth grade my favorite teacher would periodically
invite a student to sit on the teacher’s stool at the front of the room for a
short interview. Peering up from her clipboard of interview questions, she
would ask something silly, like “What brand of...
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10 Things Teachers Should Never Do
All people make mistakes. Teachers are no different. Here are some teaching mistakes I've made and learned from or have seen other teachers make. Punish the whole class for the mistakes of a few:   It may seem like the entire class was acting
up, but that i...
10 Things Teachers Should Never Do
10 Things Teachers Should Never Do
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10 Things the Best Teachers Do
When I think about the qualities of the most effective teachers I know, either from my own education or from colleagues I've had the pleasure of working with, these are ten things they all have in common. Be fair and consistent Communicate regularly with pa...
10 Things the Best Teachers Do
10 Things the Best Teachers Do
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Odd One Out: A Strategy to Get Students Thinking Critically in Any Subject
Example Odd One Out Problem Have
you ever played the game Two Truths and a Lie? It is generally used as a simple
and fun icebreaker activity where each person gives three statements about him
or herself and others guess which one of the three is a lie. “Odd...
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11 Tips to Reduce Grading Time (and Make Grading Less Painful)
It was around this time of year during my first year of
teaching when I got completely overwhelmed with my grading load. My main
problem: I felt like I needed to grade EVERYTHING. Until speaking with other
teachers about how much time I spent grading, I did...
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Using a Reward System in Middle School
When I began teaching seventh grade science as a Teach for
America Corps Member, one thing that set my class apart from others was my use
of a reward system in a middle school setting. Prior to joining Teach for
America, I had earned two degrees in educatio...
Using a Reward System in Middle School
Using a Reward System in Middle School
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