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10 Fun Teaching Strategies for Current Events

For many children, the events of the world around us are foreign and of little interest. In a world where celebrity-driven “news” and meaningless cat videos are the norm, teaching current events via an old-school newspaper can still go a long way toward getting kids to pay attention to the […]

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And the Cheating Continues…

Caught another one red handed… Every semester, I catch at least one student whose pulled nearly an entire paper from one or more websites. Typically, it’s not too hard to figure out when you’re reading work that didn’t come from the student. The funniest example was a few years ago […]

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Say Goodbye to Grade Levels?

A Colorado district is taking differentiated instruction to a whole new level – little red school house style. This year, Adams 50 in Denver shifted to this grade-free approach to learning. Children have more control over their lessons and do not move on until they’ve become proficient in the subject.

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School Holiday Party Ideas

Is it just me or have school holiday parties transformed from fun, casual celebrations to PC-pressure cookers? I’m questioning all my activities to make sure they don’t cross any lines: ~ Are games, crafts, movies or projects too religious (do Santa and reindeer cross a line; should I just stick […]

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Final Grade Complaints

My grades were due this morning. They’re posted and done and I AM FREE (for a few weeks at least.) Since reporting final grades online this weekend, suddenly students I haven’t heard from all term are coming out of the woodwork to contest their grades. I’m trying to find the […]

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Best of 2009

Help! Looking for ideas for a “Best of 2009 – Teacher edition.” What moments stood out this year? What major events happened in the news that effected students and teachers? It could be fun or newsworthy or a personal story. Just looking for fun things to share as we look […]

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Best Teacher Blogs of the Year

Big thanks to TeachHUB’s bloggers for sharing their experiences in the classroom, thoughts and useful teaching tools with us all, especially with such busy teaching schedules themselves. If you haven’t had a chance to get to know our bloggers, now is the time. Here are my favorite posts of the […]

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Top 12 Most Popular Education Articles in 2009

It’s that time of year where countdowns are everywhere, so we’re here to share the most popular education articles that ran on TeachHUB this year. Here are the top 12 TeachHUB Articles of 2009 based on your visits: 12. Master Brain-Based Learning in 10 Simple Steps Thanks to advances in technology, we […]

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Dos & Don’ts for Teaching to the Test

As the State Regents Exams draw close, it’s time to start teaching to the test if you haven’t already. Those who don’t fall into the trap of test prep turn their noses up arguing that students should have learned the skills to pass an exam without ever having seen the […]

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Pump Up Your Resolution Resolve

As 2010 begins, I know that many of us are scrambling to keep (or come up with) our New Year’s Resolutions. I think the extra long lines for the treadmill at the gym and the empty shelves of bagged salad at the grocery store speak for themselves. This year I […]

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Virtual Field Trips with Google Maps

I’ve always used Google maps for last minute directions, but I just recently discovered how to tap into its virtual field trip potential. Turns out, you can literally get IN the map. It’s a phenomenal way to explore with your students (or on your own!). Just pick a location you’re […]

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The Curse of the Easy A

It’s time to say goodbye to an A for effort, no matter what your subject. Many current music educators grew up in a time when being in an ensemble was solely about playing the music for the next concert. I personally cannot recall ever doing a worksheet or any real […]

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Blazing the Trail for Bilingual Ed

After nearly 40 years involved in education trying to improve and promote Spanish literacy instruction and biliteracy education, Dr. Jilly Kerpa Mora recently received the Two-way California Association for Bilingual Education 2009 Promoting Biliteracy Award. Dr. Mora shares her experience fighting to get bilingual education accepted across the map, as […]

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New Student Blog Project

This semester, I’m trying out a new project for my writing class. I’m inviting my students to start a blog about anything they want (within reason) in an attempt to get them excited (or at least relaxed) about writing. I’d love to get some feedback from anyone who’s tried out […]

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Pop Culture Lesson Plans

For a limited time, you can get full access to the archive of 500+ Printable Pop Culture Lesson Plans for the rest of the 09/10 school year for only $9.95. After requests from teachers trying to connect content with student interests, the TeachHUB team created a Printable Pop Culture Lesson Plans. […]

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"Pants on the Ground" Video Writing Prompts

3-8: Pretend that you are an Idol judge. Choose the adjective that best describes Larry’s performance for:– singing voice– dancing ability– original song– entertainment value Provide a one-two sentence explaining why that adjective best describes Larry’s performance. Find “Pants on the Ground” prompts K-2 and 9-12, along with more YouTube […]

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Top 12 Classroom Management Dos & Don’ts

Does this sound familiar? You labored all night creating a thoughtful, engaging lesson. You were confident that your students would enjoy it, only to have your excitement—and theirs—dashed by the antics of a handful of students. You spent all your time writing names on the board, calling out troublemakers’ names, […]

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Dabbleboard: Teacher Website of the Week

Dabbleboard is a free basic Web 2.0 tool – part of the read-write web, meaning that you can read the website and also add to it, or write on the page. This site is a combination of a mindmapping tool, a collaborative tool, and an easy-to-learn online whiteboard. Here are […]

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Put ’em to Work with Classroom Jobs

Hopefully, at this point, your year is chugging along nicely. You and your friends have settled into your routine and you’re off! It’s time to learn! So what happens when you’ve been so engrossed in your teaching that it’s suddenly five minutes before the end of the day, you have […]

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