New Teachers

5 Pros and Cons of a Flipped Classroom

What is a flipped classroom? In layman’s terms, a flipped classroom is a type of instructional strategy that reverses the traditional method of lecturing and assigning homework. Instructional content is given to the students through videos and other online resources, outside of the classroom and in-class time is reserved for activities and “homework.” The GOOD …

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8 Tidbits of Advice for a Student Teacher

Ah… student teaching. It’s an interesting time for people entering the education profession. You’re not yet a full-blown teacher, but you’re not a student or just an intern. You’re not getting paid, but you have to be there and it’s just a transitional time in general. I guess… it’s important to realize that this time …

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40 Awesome EdTPA Tips to Pass On Your First Try

Organize 1. Get a huge binder (https://amzn.to/2YMfwGe) 2. Print your handbook (https://secure.aacte.org/apps/rl/resource.php?ref=edtpa) 3. Skim it, write notes, separate with tabs (https://amzn.to/31kxlty) 4. Outline checkpoints, create your own rubric and print (SAMPLE: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1j3zuixNmA2yFd86seQKwCKai9SJqpaVYrbx6D7XF934/edit?usp=sharing) 5. Obtain all necessary permission slips and release forms Plan 6. Know what your community has to offer. Workshops? Local resources? Boys and …

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What is the EdTPA? (BONUS: my opinions about it)

According to the official website, the edTPA is a… (and feel free to skip this entire quote) “performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by more than 600 teacher preparation programs in some 40 states to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from Day 1 in the classroom.” What …

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What is an NGSS Storyline? (PSST… awesome resources)

A storyline is… A storyline is a coherent sequence of lessons, in which each step is driven by students’ questions that arise from their interactions with phenomena. For example, take an albino child borne from dark-skinned parents. Students should have a lot of questions that delve into various topics like genetics, environment, DNA, etc. A …

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Teacher Quotes

30 Teacher Quotes You (probably) Haven’t Seen Before

1. “We are the ones we have been waiting for.” ― June Jordan 2. “‎Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself-and be lenient to everybody else.” ― Henry Ward Beecher 3. “I’m more interested in arousing enthusiasm …

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5 EdTech Tools to Engage Your Students

1. Kahoot Kahoot is an online resource that creates learning games. As a teacher, you have a lot of range in the kinds of questions you can create. This is useful for changing standards (especially in NGSS). Students love these and it’s great to get everyone pumped and engaged. It also analyzes where the students’ …

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10 #Basic Classroom Management Tips/Strategies for New Teachers

As an aspiring teacher, my professors constantly taught us that classroom management was one of the most important tasks I had to complete. Without an organized and working classroom, you really can’t get across much content. I’m probably being kind of redundant because if you’re reading this, you probably understand the importance of a disciplined …

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