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REAL CHALK on Routines in Your Classroom

This REAL CHALK post was delivered to our subscribers via email and is being archived here. This newsletter message is a revisit to our post GIVE YOUR STUDENTS THE GIFT OF ROUTINES.



In my very first graduate class for my MAT, I was assigned a short paper, to be titled “The History of My...

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REAL CHALK on Classroom Jobs

This REAL CHALK post was delivered to our subscribers via email and is being archived here. This newsletter message is a revisit to our post HOW TO STOP DOING IT ALL.



The best advice I ever got in student teaching came on my very first day. I was certain I could win over my notoriously cranky...

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REAL CHALK on Parent Relationships

This REAL CHALK post was delivered yesterday to our subscribers via email and is being archived here on our Blog. This week's newsletter message is a revisit to our post FIVE STEPS TO GREAT PARENT RELATIONSHIPS.


 

We all know the feeling of getting a message from That Parent. First,...

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Introducing REAL CHALK!

Welcome to the FIRST edition of our weekly Optimized Educator Newsletter! This post was delivered yesterday to our subscribers via email and is being archived here on our Blog, as all of our future issues will be. This week's newsletter message is a revisit to our post FIRST THINGS FIRST.



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Five Steps to Great Parent Relationships

 

We all know the feeling. The blinking voicemail light, the pink phone message from the secretary, the email in-box with the oh-no-please-no-not-her name in bold. The Parent. It isn’t always bad news, but it does seem it almost always causes a little stomach...

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Give Your Students the Gift of Routines

  

In my very first graduate class for my MAT, I was assigned a short paper, to be titled “The History of My Education.” Seemed benign enough. I took it to be one of those cutesy getting-to-know-you activities that we teachers love to frontload when we meet a new...

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An Unexpected Perspective on Classroom Design

 

As part of my role as a testing coordinator, I am charged with the dubious task of visiting classrooms to assess them for readiness as high stakes testing environments. In short, this means telling colleagues, in excruciating detail, exactly how much visible information...

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How to STOP Doing It All

 

The best advice I ever got in student teaching came on my very first day. There I was, the eager graduate student, bright eyed and enthusiastic and just brimming with ideas and help-full-ness. I was bound and determined to be useful. Sure, I had been warned that my cooperating teacher...

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Spring Clean Your Teaching

 

I have survived another Chicago winter, with only myself to blame. Once upon a time, I was transplanted here by my dear mother, whom I can only trust knew nothing of the climate. Surely, I thought, bitter pre-teen eyes narrowed and scanning the horizon for any sign of the glorious...

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Listen Up! One-to-One Tech Tip for Your Classroom

 

I can still see the COW (Computers On Wheels) arriving, with great ceremony. A sunny Tuesday morning in September, we were all happily reading when the door slowly opened. We all watched as a giant metal box lumbered forth, eventually followed by the custodian gingerly wheeling it...

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