Creative Teacher

How Becoming a Published Author Changed the Way I Teach Writing to My Students

By: Michelle Areaux | Jul 8, 2016

As a middle school language arts teacher for almost eight years, I have found myself seeking new and different ways to teach writing within my classroom. I have always enjoyed writing as I am a writer, but teaching writing- that has always been a stressful part of my job. I ...
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Caring Communication

By: Tricia Koechig | Jul 8, 2016

Communication has been defined as “the act or process of using words, sounds, signs, or behaviors to express or exchange information or to express your ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc. to someone else (Merriam-Webster).”  Communication takes place from the time of your birth and throughout your entire life. There are many ...
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WHERE TO BEGIN: The Class Syllabus

By: Donald A. Fuller | Jun 14, 2016

In my last post, I focused on a few classroom management techniques and reinforcements for students.  Now that you have had a chance to look at some of those aspects and create a system that might work for you, it is time to look at how to organize your class.  ...
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The Power of Buddy Classrooms: 19 Ideas

By: Jon Konen | Jun 8, 2016

Back to the main Bully Prevention Guide. PU#113 – Use Buddy Classes Read to me, draw with me…let's create something together! Creating a community of learners in a school can be done in many ways by students and staff. One way to quickly build relationships between students and staff is to create Buddy Classrooms. ...
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The Things She Carried

By: Mary Hardin | Jun 6, 2016

Right now, I am the most popular teacher in my building. It’s not for any typical reason—no, I don’t give out tons of extra credit, and I certainly can’t be the prettiest or funniest. No, the reason is because I have a sizable box fort in my room. Am I ...
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The “Double Scoop” – Student Emotions

By: Jon Konen | Jun 2, 2016

It's at this time of year we see behaviors in students that we may not have seen since the first days of school in the fall. We wonder what has changed in the student's life to warrant these behaviors.  We have to keep the big picture in the forefront. Many times ...
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Summer Reading: Friend or Foe?

By: Michelle Areaux | May 31, 2016

The idea of summer reading, as wonderful as it sounds to educators, is usually a dreaded phrase to students and parents alike.  For kids, summer is supposed to be full of sunshine, fun, and freedom. Not reading some boring book their lame teachers selected. Right? No! This is a mindset that ...
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Can a Kindness Campaign Truly Change Your School?

By: Jon Konen | May 30, 2016

Back to the main Bully Prevention Guide. PU#151 – Kindness Campaign After trying many things to lessen discipline referrals in our school, we had to step out and think “inside the box.” What do you focus on, the discipline of a few naughty students or the kindness of the majority of students? That ...
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The Fortune of Failure and Firsts

By: Tricia Koechig | May 26, 2016

Vincent Van Gogh is considered one of the most influential painters of all time. However, few know of his life outside of his famous painting, “A Starry Night.” Van Gogh’s parents gave birth to a still born son just a year prior to having Vincent. The Van Gogh’s had not ...
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Brain Breaks: Not Just for the Kiddos

By: Cailyn Dougherty | May 25, 2016

When I think back to when I was in school, we worked from the start of class to the end of the day. The only time we had breaks was if we needed to go to the bathroom, or finished all of our work. These little moments were few and ...
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